Dak'Art's Ecosystem: In and Out of Senegal

Pensa, Iolanda (2021) Dak'Art's Ecosystem: In and Out of Senegal. In: Nzewi, Ugochukwu-Smooth and Fillitz, Thomas, (eds.) Dak'Art. The Biennale of Dakar and the Making of Contemporary African Art. Routledge, pp. 165-170. ISBN 9781003085157

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The Biennale of Dakar has been influencing the establishment of new events in Africa: it is a meeting point capable of triggering new ideas and collaborations and a platform that increases the reputation of artists and curators who participate in it. This essay observes the relationship between Dak’Art and suD–salon urbain de Douala, a triennial event dedicated to public art, promoted since 2007 by the cultural association Doual’art founded in 1991 in Cameroon. This comparison allows to highlight some of the elements that characterize the two events, such as the different relationship with the city and the territory and the discordant strategy in the selection of the artists and in the production of the artworks.

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