Dak’Art 2024: The Wake

Various Venues, Dakar, Senegal
16 May 2024 - 16 Jun 2024

Sethembile Msezane, Dwala Lam' (2021)Courtesy of Official International Exhibition DakArt 2022

Sethembile Msezane, Dwala Lam' (2021)Courtesy of Official International Exhibition DakArt 2022

Dak’Art: African Contemporary Art Biennale has announced the theme, artist list and guest curators of its upcoming 15th edition, which runs from 16 May to 16 June 2024. Entitled The Wake, Dak’Art 2024 will explore the relationship between art, society, the climate and history, particularly in the context of Dakar. Calling for an awakening to the social and environmental crises confronting the world, the biennial positions artists as the drivers of a new global narrative.

Fifty-eight artists from Africa and its diaspora will be represented at the biennial. Working across drawing, virtual reality, sound, sculpture and photography, they include Adel Adessemed, Sara Altantawi, Hiba Baddou, Youness Ben Slimane, Hicham Berrada, Dalila Dalleas Bouzar, Slimen El Kamel, Majida Khattari, Faten Rouissi, Youssef Taki Miloudi and Ghizlane Sahli.

Dak’Art 2024 will consist of multiple exhibitions held at various venues across Dakar. Kara Blackmore, Marynet J and Cindy Olohou will curate a special exhibition entitled On s’arrêtera quand la Terre rugira (We will stop when the Earth roars), which brings together the works of ten international artists revolving around urgent issues surrounding the contemporary ecological crisis and examines how its effects are most deeply felt by countries who are least responsible for it.

The Musée des civilisations noires will present a showcase of national pavilions, the Maison de la Culture Douta Seck and the Galerie nationale d’art will host exhibitions paying homage to Anta Germaine Gaye and the late Mouhamadou N’doye (N’doye Douts) respectively, with Salimata Camara and Sylvain Sankalé as the respective curators. Kalidou Kassé will curate a show entitled Collectionneurs, and a section dedicated to design will be held in the Ndary Lo space, within the Old Courthouse, curated by designer Ousmane Mbaye.

Dak’Art 2024 will also feature a series of panel discussions in French and English and revolving around the biennial’s theme, held at the Musée des civilisations noires and the Ancien Palais de Justice Dakar. The discussions will take place in the morning followed by participatory round tables and artist performances in the afternoon, at the Old Courthouse.




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