A year and a half ago, I befriended Master Printmaker & Painter, Mohammad Omer Khalil, originally from Burri, Sudan, and educated in Florence, Italy. He immigrated to the United States in 1960's, and since then has worked alongside other notable artists and printmakers, printing their editions and creating ekphrastic and homage works. Our friendship has been a treasure. I was able to travel with him to Asilah, Morocco to learn about artist residency that has been active since the late 1960's, upon which, he ran the printmaking workshop for over 26 years. I also regularly help him organize his archives and ephemera. These experiences inspired the essay, Walking A Common Ground: Mohammad Omer Khalil in Asilah, which I wrote for the exhibition catalog for the exhibition Musings at Washington & Lee University Museums.
My role as partner was introducing the museum director, Isra El-Beshir, to him, and facilitating the artwork shipping for the show. The exhibition will be installed in the Watson Galleries, September 28, 2023 - June 1, 2024.
Learn more about the exhibition here: