b.1995, London, Lives and works in London
The artwork 'Hoashna' presents a futuristic, levitating Sudanese courtyard where traditional Banabeer (stools) cradle a tray of Jebena (East African coffee).
Hoashna- Our Courtyard
About the Artist
Rayan is an artist, designer, and educator whose interest in magic realism was developed during her architecture thesis. Her art combines her research and architectural background to imagine futuristic visuals deeply rooted in Sudan, the SWANA region, and their diasporas. It serves as a speculative design exploration of futuristic aesthetics that embrace our cultural heritages to challenge Euro-centric design principles. Beyond her artistic pursuits, Rayan is also the co-founder and director of Space Black, a dynamic studio that challenges conventional norms in the built environment profession. Space Black delivers innovative designs, outreach programmes, and cultural events that embrace diversity and break away from traditional design models.
Collections & Exhibitions
'Transcendence' - The Bunker- Copenhagen, 2023 'Transcendence' - The Bunker- Copenhagen, 2023.
'A Magic-realist Afrabia' - P21 Gallery, 2019.
'Imagining Afrabia' - Richmix, 2020.
'Kalila Wa Dimna: Ancient Tales for Troubled Times' - P21 Gallery, 2022.
'Freedom In Futurism'- Sook, 2022.
'House of Many Cultures'- Stephen Lawrence Gallery 2021.