Ahmad Abushakeema is an engineer from the northern states of Sudan and currently resides in Khartoum after living in Saudi Arabia for 17 years. After living in Sudan for 9 years, he became conscious of the diversity that Sudan has in ethnicities, tribes, religions and backgrounds, but he also noticed a lack of documentation of this diversity. Since he is a photographer, he thought of using his skills to share this diversity with the world through his project “1000 Portraits From Sudan” taking a thousand portraits that he hopes will carry within them our true image and story. He has always thought of photography as his way to tell stories, probably because he finds photography to be one of the most expressive forms of art. The thing about taking a photograph is that it freezes time at that one specific moment you want others to observe with you, or refer back to it whenever they want to. This is important because as far as he is concerned, Sudan is constantly changing, and he thinks we need to document each version of the country that we live in as it continues to evolve.
1000 faces from Sudan is a project created to portray 1000 different faces from Sudan in an artistic attempt to tell the tale of a nation that’s made of various ethnics and backgrounds.