Ahmed Umar (b.1988) is a multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in Oslo, Norway. He graduated from Oslo National Academy of the Arts with a bachelor’s degree in Printmaking (2011–2014), followed by a master’s degree in Fine Art, specializing in medium- and material-based art (2014–2016). Umar's practice is mainly based on stories and self- portraits that blend aspects of identity, personal experiences and ancestral connections to the Nubian empire in Sudan. It is informed by his conservative upbringing in Mecca, and Sudan, and often highlights the repercussions of existing outside of social and cultural norms. He uses his personal experiences as tools to discuss the silencing, demonizing, and compromising of queer lives in both the Sudanese and international context.
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