Aziz Motawa
Published: 28.05.2023

R E D  N I L E
Kadisa (b.1996) is a Sudanese artist based in Kuwait. Kadisa’s multi disciplinary practice involves music composition, videography, and photography. The artist predominantly works with synthesisers and drum machines and has performed his electronic musical compositions at Flipside (Dubai), the French Institute (Kuwait), Satellite (Dubai), and KED (Beirut.)

Kadisa’s work in ‘Red Nile’ is a series of visual and sonic vignettes of his experiences during the 2019 Sudan Revolution.

In a conversation with Sonduke, Kadisa describes his photo essay as the following:

“Chaos took on a physical manifestation during my documentation of the protests between late April to mid-June of 2019, where due to the rapid movement of protestors and the changing points of focus, it yielded hazy and motion-filled shots which to me accurately portrayed how fast-paced such an environment is. The experience made it virtually impossible to be removed or be devoid of emotion or movement. There’s an embedded complexity to revolutions that images could portray or erase, especially regarding the human side of organized resistance, and I’m conscious of that.”

Complimenting the photo essay is ‘Nayl Bil Tamani,’ a sonic composition by Kadisa. In this track, Kadisa weaves together what he calls ‘sonic artifacts’ of the Sudan Revolution of 2019 amidst a swell of droning ambient sounds. Echoed throughout the composition are recorded chants from the poetic work of Azhari Mohammed Ali, whose words became the catalyst of Sudanese resistance against tyranny.

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