Dakar hosted its 12th edition of the Dak’Art, African contemporary art biennale. From May 3rd to June 2nd, Dakar welcomed Africa’s most creative pieces. From Morocco, Nigeria to South Africa, within a month we discovered and reconnected with the beauty of Art in Africa. The opening ceremony was held at the Hotel de Ville (or City Hall), with various art expositions and a video mapping performance by several visual artist including myself.
On May 7th I took you on a tour of the exhibitions in Dakar on snapchat.
For those who missed it here’s an itinerary of the exhibitions we saw and restaurant we went to for breakfast. I was with two friends Hawo, photographer and creative director of The Casual Obs and Mamy, photographer and member of DakarLives, both platforms showing Dakar’s beauty.
Knowing the few stops that we would do, we first decided to have a heavy breakfast at l’Elysée. First time having breakfast there for the three of us, we were pleased by their service and the quality of the food.
1st stop : Hotel Sokhamon – Photo Exhibition by Antoine Tempé – Ville
What a great place for an exhibition, you will be as curious to visit the hotel itself as to visit Antoine Tempé’s exhibition. The building looks like an ancient fortress, very different decor from the fancy hotels you know.
Antoine Tempé is a photographer exhibiting movements of dancers with Rafia necklaces.
2nd stop: Ancien Palais de Justice – Cap Manuel
It the most amazing place to visit. It is remarkable how they cleaned this old abandoned courthouse and let us discover this beautiful and amazing place. At least 20 artist of the continent were represented at Ancien Palais de Justice. There we were introduced to Victor Ehikhamenor, Nigerian artist presenting “ The Prayer Room” a UV room painted with white graphics on the wall. Below you will find some pictures of what amazed us most.
3rd stop: Musee de l’Art African – IFAN
There we found the most amazing art pieces I’ve ever seen. A 42 meters long photography by Wang Qingsong called History of monuments. The making-off of this masterpiece is simply breathtaking.
4th Stop : Galerie Antenna – Town
It is important to salute and acknowledge our artists and our new artists as well. Art of Papi is a talented painter and artrepreneur who does wonders with gold papers and beautiful sketches.
5th Stop Galerie Atiss
At Mrs Aissa Dione, renowned fabric expert, who opened her house with exhibitions of several artist such as Siaka Soppo Traoré, talented Malian photographer based in Senegal.
We then finished with the second video mapping performance that was as magic as the first one. It is amazing to see how creative Dakar can be and how art can bring so much unity in one place.
Dakar’s creative scene is vast with painters, illustrators, photographers but also with local tailors, shoe makers and jewelers and leather masters. Dakar’s next art biennale will be in 2018 so don’t miss the colorful walls, the stunning sculptures and the beautiful pictures.
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