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Sudanese Exhibition in Athens

The Benaki Museum for Islamic Arts is about to host a special event in the agora of Ancient Athens. An exhibition of photographs documenting the changing nature of the Sudanese Nile valley, from antiquity to the present date.
This 80-pictures-exhibition, is a genuine labour of love by archaeologists Alexandros Tsakos and his wife Henriette Hafsaas-Tsakos, a Greek-Norwegian couple, whose dedication to furthering our understanding of the Sudanese past is unquestionable, creative and thought-provoking . The two researchers’ enthusiasm for Sudan is evident through this collection of images that captures several themes that are of great relevance to a new generation of young Sudanese and Sudanphiles.
But it is also a chance for visitors, Sudanese or otherwise, to ponder the fate of that land. The images contrast between the Meroitic pyramids, where monarchs of antiquity rest, with the Qubbas or shrines of Sufi saints, ancient temples and medieval mosques, the duality of the Nile and its deserts, of old rituals and new practices, Christianity and Islam, mud bricks and concrete walls
Walking around the exhibition halls, from floor to the other, the pictures are laid out in a meticulous manner and arrangement as to fit in with the museum’s layout.


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