Reem Aljeally is an architect, designer and visual artist whose work is based on current social change, women’s issues in Sudan and her own sentiments and life experiences. Room 306 was painted while in quarantine and is part of her series “Relocation,” which explores emotions and their relation to space. While remaining at home with deep concerns about the future, her room seemed to shrink, becoming more of a prison, while her anxiety and hopelessness continued to grow. The bold, harsh strokes of this painting reveal a pent-up energy, while the plants both on the inside and outside wither and die. Aljeally explores the notion that without social contact, one loses oneself in thoughts and memories in search of an exit from the sameness of isolation.
Aljeally graduated from the University of Khartoum, Faculty of Architecture in 2018. She established The Muse in 2019, a creative social enterprise with the goal of assisting fellow artists in Khartoum. She has had solo exhibitions at the Gunied Cultural Center, Khartoum (2017) and at Twentynine92, Khartoum (2018). She has also participated in exhibitions at the French Cultural Center, Khartoum (2020); AMNA, Khartoum (2019); and the National Museum of Sudan, Khartoum (2018).