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[Art Attack] Dakar Biennale in Senegal: the place to be for contemporary African art 

May 04, 2018 at 06:45 am | Art Attack

Farida Dawkins

Farida Dawkins | Contributor

May 04, 2018 at 06:45 am | Art Attack

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The Dakar Biennale or DAK’ART was formulated in 1989 as a medium to highlight contemporary art in Africa. The mediums explored are art and literature.

With the conjunction of Senegalese artists and the Senegalese state in 1990, the first version concentrated on literature. In 1992, art became the basis.  “The aim was to make of it a show-window of Art and literature in Africa.”

Two years later, the vision was turned solely on design and visual arts.

From 1996 to 2000, the exhibition went through several modifications which included an exhibition solely showing current African art; it also began running every two years instead of annually.

2004 ushered in the attention of the international spectators and more press coverage.

From 2008 to 2010, the event experienced fluctuations as the budget was scaled back as the European Commission opted not to back the event.

2014 to 2017 proved to be steady years; the exhibitions resumed a balance as curators such as Abdelkader Damani, Elise Atangana and Simon Njami were appointed. It was also reinstated to be shown every year as opposed to biannually.

This year’s theme is “The city in the blue day,” the name adopted from a Lèopold Sèdar Senghor poem.  The international exhibition titled “A New Humanity” features work from 75 artists coming from 33 countries. There will also be a showing of “The Red Hour,” “a coming of age” and “metamorphosis and transformation.”

It will run from May 3 to June 2.

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