Two years after they helped propel the revolution that overthrew dictator Omar al-Bashir, Sudanese artists are again at the forefront of political activism.
The artists, who throughout the revolution, and since, have helped capture the dissatisfaction of ordinary people by painting murals, distributing fliers and organizing sit-ins, are frustrated by a lack of justice for those killed in peaceful protests and the continued presence of the military in government.
Artists such as filmmaker Hajooj Kuka, street artist Assil Diab and painter Reem Aljeally are grateful that the perception of art has changed in the country since 2019 and personal freedoms have improved — such as women being allowed to choose how to dress. But there is still a long way to go to gain justice and peace, particularly as people’s basic needs are not being met; Sudan’s inflation is at more than 350 percent, fuel shortages last for days and there are constant power outages. The feature story for Al Jazeera English portrays how artists are continuing the fight for democracy in a post-revolution Sudan.