Featured Artist Elhassan Elmuontasir(Sudan)

Born in 1986 in Omdurman, Sudan, and currently based in Nairobi, Kenya, Elhassan Elmuontasir, is a visual artist and designer with a background in graphic design, technical education, international relations and ­ne art practices. Elmuontasir has co-founded  ‘Khaish Studio’ (2012 – 2019), a ­first of its kind collective studio in Khartoum that has been part of numerous exhibitions, workshops and artists  residencies  locally  and  internationally.  Elmuontasir  has  been  awarded  residencies  at  32 Degrees East, Kampala, (Ug) (2017), Iewlewahaus Museum, Bayreuth (Gr) (2018) and his latest with Goethe  Institute,  Khartoum  (Sd)  (2020).  His  work  has  been  exhibited  in  Sudan,  Uganda,  India, Germany, Kenya and Nigeria.

During  his  time  with “Khaish  Studio”,  Elmuontasir  grew  interests  in  cultural  management  and became an experienced artist-run space manager. In 2019, he has been selected to participate at the Curatorial Intensive Program with Lagos Biennale in its 2nd edition in Lagos, Nigeria and ever since has been contributing to many exhibitions and curatorial projects.

His practice has been focused on portraiture painting, experimental artworks and installations with a focus on identity, social structures and individuality. With a keen interest in sociopolitical expressions,  Elmuontasir  produces  research  based  artworks  with  an  openness  to  experimentation.  His quest to answers on how we deal with the everyday life are explored through different projects and solo exhibitions as “Un­fit for Sel­fie”  (2022), “Vision board/ mindset” (2021) (Sd), “TRUSONA” (2021) (Sd), “Making\Unmaking Faces” (2018) (Gr) and “Trueface” (2017) (Sd).

Solo Exhibitions (selection)

2022: Unfit for selfie, Tribal Gallery, Nairobi, Kenya.

2021: Vision Board/Mind-set, Rift Digital Lap – Goethe Institute and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Project    Khartoum, Sudan.

2021: Trusona, Savannah Innovations Lap, Khartoum, Sudan.

2018: Making\Unmaking Faces at Iewlewahaus Museum, Bayreuth, Germany.

2017: Trueface, Mojo  Gallery, Khartoum, Sudan.

Group Exhibitions (selection)

2023 of Faces, Tales and Lands, The Muse Gallery, Kartoum, Sudan.  Voice of Images, B Artworks Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa.

2020 Acts of Resistance: An Anthology, Goethe Institute, Virtual Exhibition, Group.  Dialectic of Seeking Refuge And Aversion ( an exhibitions inspired by the events that took    place during the revolution ), Institute francais de Khartoum, Khartoum, Sudan, Dual.

2019 A Glimpse of East Africa, Mitsubishi Motors Showroom, Lagos, Nigeria, Group.  A Stage Exhibition at Kunstraum, Berlin, Germany, Group.

2018 Conversation, Institut francais de Khartoum, Sudan, Dual.  II World Summit Of The Arts Of Peace And Life, Ecuador, Group.

2017 Life Tracing, Karmakol Festival, karmakol, Sudan, Group.  Arising  African Perspective exhibition at LKB/ Gallery, Hamburg, Germany, Group.  Khartoum  Contemporary Exhibition at Circle Art Agency, Nairobi, Kenya, Group.  Utsha Foundation  Bhubaneswar, India, Group.

2016 Widerkunst Festival at Holzmarkt, Millerntor Gallery And Holzmarkt, Berlin, Germany, Group .   Yalla Reunion, Omdurman Cultural Center, Goethe Institute, Khartoum, Sudan, Group.  Drinking Water for All, Millerntor Gallery, Hamburg, Germany, Group.

Artist Residencies

2022: Artist Residency, The Muse Multi Studios, Khartuom, Sudan. 

2020: Artist Residency, A Goethe Institute Project, Virtual Residency, Sudan.

2018: Artist Residency, Iewlewahaus Museum, Bayreuth, Germany.

2017: Artist Residency, 32 Degrees East, Kampala, Uganda.


2021 Art on the front lines of a changing Sudan, Aljazeera English, Online.

2019 Illustration, Innen Welten, Berlin, Germany.

2017 Africa’s Most Misunderstood Country, BBC Cultural Report.

2016 Documentary of Viva Con Agua with Millerntor Gallery, Drinking Water Project, Hamburg,    Germany.   Book, Waterproof #6, of Viva Con Agua with Millerntor Gallery, Drinking Water Project,      Hamburg, Germany.  Cultural Documentary Art in Khartoum, BBC English, Khartoum, Sudan.

2016 Article, Khartoum’s Building Art Scene, okayafrica, online.

2015 Cultural Report, Alshorog TV, Khartoum, Sudan.  Interview, BBC Arabic TV, Khartoum, Sudan.  Report, Arabia TV, Khartoum, Sudan.

Projects and Grants


2020 Sudan Moves, a Goethe Inistitut Project, Virtual Residency, Sudan, Germany.

2016 Viva Con Agua Water Project, Millerntor Gallery, Hamburg, Germany.  German Language Study Grant, Goethe Institute, Khartoum, Sudan.

2015 Yalla Khartoum Project, Goethe Institute, Khartoum, Sudan.