Serpentine South Gallery 28 January 2023, 7:30pm Price: £5 Donate today

An evening of poetry, spoken word and music celebrating Kamala Ibrahim Ishag: States of Oneness.

Inspired by the artist’s work and its relationship to spirituality, kinship and our connections with the natural world, Ceremonies of Oneness takes place on the last weekend of the exhibition Kamala Ibrahim Ishag: States of Oneness. The programme builds on notions of collaboration and openness between disciplines, individuals and communities that are integral to Ishag’s practice, as well as art’s potential to inspire change across generations.

With contributions by poets Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi, Ola Elhassan and K. Eltinaé, artist Riwa Saab, chef and Founder of The Sudanese Kitchen Omer Eltigani, DJ and radio host Basma.

Artist Bios

Basma Osman

Basma Osman is the co-host of radio show and record label Hear, Sense and Feel and the host of Khartoum Arrivals on NTS Radio where she enjoys tapping into memories tied to music and sounds from Sudan and beyond.  

Ola Elhassan

Ola Elhassan is a Sudanese poet and electrical engineer in London. Sometimes her poetry experiments with and about music, mathematics, physics, and dancing. She is a resident poet and member of the Common Sound collective, who host their improvised live music jams across festivals and homely venues alike.

K. Eltinaé

K. Eltinaé is a diaspora poet of Sudanese-Nubian and Mediterranean descent, whose work is centred around otherness, cultural/geographic displacement, generational trauma, and exile. His work has appeared in World Literature Today, The Ordinary Chaos of Being Human: Many Muslim Worlds (Penguin), The African American Review, and Michigan Quarterly Review, among others. His debut collection The Moral Judgement of Butterflies won The Beverly Prize for International Literature 2019 (BSPG Press). He is a World Literature lecturer and an Oldies and Classic Afrobeat Disc jockey residing in Granada, Spain.

Riwa Saab

Riwa Saab is a cross-disciplinary artist who works with space, sound and words. She started writing and performing her original music and poetry while growing up in Beirut, and quickly moved into theatre-making as an embodied way of storytelling.  

Omer Eltigani

Omer Eltigani, chef and founder of The Sudanese Kitchen, has spent the last few years compiling traditional recipes for an upcoming cookbook and hosting pop-up events to fill the shortage of Sudanese food in the London food scene. The Sudanese Kitchen is a cookbook project that showcases recipes passed down through generations and shares them with a wider audience. The theme that persists throughout the project is the unique nature of Sudanese cooking as a fusion food at the confluence of converging foodways, which Eltigani shows as full of love, community, and tailored to personal preferences.  

Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi

Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi is one of the leading African poets writing in Arabic today. He has gained a wide audience in his native Sudan for his imaginative approach to poetry and for the delicacy and emotional frankness of his lyrics. His poetry has always been concerned with the rich cultural and linguistic diversity of Sudan and its complex history. Throughout his career, many of Al-Raddi’s collections have been published and he has performed his work on various international stages. 

Curated and produced by

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Curated by Kostas Stasinopoulos, Associate Curator, Live Programmes and Sarah Hamed, Assistant Exhibitions Curator.

Curatorial Assistant
Eva Speight

Produced by
Bea Redweik, Production Coordinator
Andy Downie, Production Manager


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