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Sunday, 3 June 2018


The opening Ceremony of The Dakart Biennale at The Grand Nationale Theatre 
Yesterday marked the end of the Dak’art Biennale 2018. The Biennale is an event that happens within Senegal’s capital Dakar throughout the month of May, every two years. Showcasing the craft, photography and artwork of both local and visiting artists. I was lucky enough to make my trip to Dakar from Banjul during the first week of May/the opening of the Biennale. Simon Njami was the artistic director for the second time in a row with seventy-five artists from thirty-three countries of the world taking part in the Biennale's thirteenth edition. However with seven days only I saw what I could of the Biennale and Dak’art OFF. It’s worth while visiting Senegal during this period of time to experience the Biennale and get an essence of Senegal’s art scene which is effortlessly integrated in their culture. The next one will be in the year 2020. One of my favourite shows was the Bridge exhibition showing  the work of various artists including Pierre Christophe Gam, Alun Be and more at La Villa Rouge which was curated by Salimata Diop. I love how she transformed the old family home into an immersive gallery space. Here are some images of a few of my favourite pieces of work and moments of Dak’art Biennale 2018.

Guards stand outside of the Grand Nationale Theatre for the opening ceremony.
‘Naanal rew mi/Hommage à Abdoul Aziz Sy Dabakh’
By Ndary Lo
Location: Ancien Palais du Justice

'Arrival 2018 ' Innate Future Blooms
By Djeneba Aduayom of Galerie Number 8
Location: La Villa Rouge
'Alienation 2018 ' Innate Future Blooms
By Djeneba Aduayom of Galerie Number 8
Location: La Villa Rouge
'Chin Up'
By Mupho
Location: La Villa Rouge
By Alun Be
Location: La villa Rouge

By Alun Be
Location: La villa Rouge
'I be lady o' Painting of Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti
By Helene
Location: Heinrich Böll Foundation

'Democratic Classroom'
By Guy Wouete
Location: Ancient Palais de Justice

Photography: All images taken by Yasmin Metz-Johnson
Locations:The Grand National Theatre, La Villa Rouge & L'ancien Palais du Justice

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