530 West 25th Street, New York, NY  Tue - Sat, 11am - 6pm
530 West 25th Street, New York, NY  Tue - Sat, 11am - 6pm
530 West 25th Street
Tue - Sat, 11am - 6pm
Ashraf Elsharif
The Figure and Unknown Places
Agora Gallery
New York,NY

  • Nubian Gate at Karima   Nubian Gate at Karima
    Photograph on Fine Art Paper
    16.5" x 12"
    Ashraf Elsharif

  • Temple at Barkal   Temple at Barkal
    Acrylic & Oil on Canvas
    35.5" x 46"
    Ashraf Elsharif

  • Nubian Queen 006   Nubian Queen 006
    Acrylic on Canvas
    24" x 18"
    Ashraf Elsharif

  • Floods at North Omdurman   Floods at North Omdurman
    Photograph on Fine Art Paper
    16.5" x 12"
    Ashraf Elsharif


Ashraf Elsharif

ASHRAF ELSHARIF

The Figure and Unknown Places
July 7 – July 27, 2018
Reception: Thursday, July 12, 2018 6-8 PM

Inspired by his upbringing, where he came into intimate acquaintance with the Nile valley as well as the Sahara desert, Sudanese-born Ashraf Elsharif uses a multiplicity of media to capture the experience of living in Africa. Whether working in painting or photography, what underlies Elsharif’s output is a fidelity to the formal contours of a place, visage, or social situation. Elsharif’s artistry has less to do with showing non-Africans pictures of daily life in Africa, than with recreating landscapes, figures, and architectural patterns that only Africans can truly experience.

Ever-conscious of the fragility of legends, royal genealogies, architectures, and other ancient regional signifiers in the wake of globalization, Elsharif’s Nubian Gate at Karima is a candid glimpse into an ordinary occurrence that non-Africans are not likely to experience. A man is photographed opening the door of an architecturally elaborate temple; and this moment is captured in a way that makes it appear less sacred than familiar. In this way, Elsharif preserves the dailiness of a society that is too often relegated to the status of an exotic third world.