This painting was part of a diptych made in April 2011 in Khartoum Sudan. It was part of the “Under the minaret’s shadow” exhibition held in the Sudanese Plastic Artists Union and measures 80x60cm.
The image used for this work comes from a series of pictures I made in Tabarakalah a little village close to the Sudanese border with Ethiopian not far from Gadaref, where MSF Switzerland had a Kala Azar program (a neglected and deadly disease similar to malaria). The basic idea for this work is to represent on the one hand an idyllic and beautiful image typical of a daily experience living in Khartoum, and on the other hand the reality that surrounds marginal groups people and particularly children and their lives in remote areas. X-Ray was painted on top of newspaper clippings from Sudanese newspapers. The title reflects the raw reality of this girl’s life in a hospital, of a remote village with little access to medical care. The Arabic writing on x-Ray I signifies “brave”, for me this girl is having to face the most adverse life situations and she does it with great humility and bravery all be it unconsciously. "X-ray" © Martina Anagnostou
This large piece (110x200cm) was inspired by my time in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia, where I worked for Doctors Without Borders. During this time I experienced, and photographed, the hardships of people, particularly women, in the organizations’ project locations. Although initially the work like an abstract collage in blue, like a 3d poster it slowly reveals the eyes that are starting back at the viewer. When taking a closer look and particularly in the different captions on the surface, one is faced with very ‘in-your-face’ questions like “do you have TB” or “has your child died?” in English and Russian, questions that indicate the reality and plight of the characters whose eyes are represented on the piece. Although I was directing this critical piece particularly to the Moscovite public who in general considered themselves superior to “Africans”, it is a work of self-criticism as I too was/am participating in this deception by using the subject matter for personal gain, albeit in an effort to make a social commentary on the subjects behalf. This piece was part of the “escape hatch 7” group exhibition in Moscow in 2009. "Symbol" © Martina Anagnostou