This object was created by the Sudanese Egyptian artist Amado Al Fadni and gifted to The Zay Initiative, as part of collaborative work during his London solo exhibition; Alternative Museum of Sudan, at the Sulger Buel Gallery, 2022.
The artwork was created by Amado and digitally printed on synthetic fabric to create a 6m by 45cm wide turban (‘Imamah). It was styled together with a tunic (Mahdi style Jubbah), originally worn by Laurence Olivier in ‘Khartoum’ film, 1966 (ZI2018.500740 SUDAN), to assert Amado’s conceptuel narrative in relation to his London solo exhibition; Alternative Museum of Sudan, 2022.
For more details please consult the webinar delving into this artist’s work and collaboration as well as our blog post.
The cotton ‘Imamah is generally worn by men over a head cap (tagiyah), in different formats all across the Arab world.