From Kawral to Sargal: 15 Years of Printmaking in Senegal (curated by Kan Si) is a retrospective of the practice of printmaking at the Goree Institute Printmaking Workshop. Kawral—which means community in Fulani—is the title of the first portfolio of etchings published by this workshop established on Goree Island in 1998. Sargal Gorée—which means pay tribute to Gorée in Wolof—is the title of the last portfolio launched in 2012.
Over one hundred works on paper are presented for the first time in their entirety. This reflects a unique production of printmaking in Senegal over the past fifteen years. The exhibition includes twenty-three artists spanning three generations including established, mid-career and emerging ones. The works are the result of several workshops held on Goree Island between 1998 and 2012 around topics as diverse as engaging such as HIV-Aids, peace, conflict resolution, gender and freedom among others.
Artists represented in the exhibition are: Abdoulaye Ndoye, Amadou Camara Gueye, Arfang Sarr, Birame Ndiaye, Breyten Breytenbach, Cheikh Niass, Cheikhou Keita, El Sy, Gabriel Kemzo Malou, Fola Lawson, Kalidou Sy, Kan Si, Khadidiatou Sow, Magatte Toure, Marianne Senghor, Melvin Edwards, Muhsana Ali, Ngoor, Piniang, Sea Diallo, Serigne Ndiaye, Seydou Diedhiou and Souleymane Keita.
Amadou Kane Sy alias Kan Si was born in Senegal in 1961 and graduated from Ecole Nationale des Arts in 1991. He is a multifaceted artist who works in painting, installation, photography, video, drawing, etching and poetry. His works deal with contemporary social issues. In collaboration with the Dakar based African-American artist Muhsana Ali, he founded, and is the artistic director of, Portes et Passages, an initiative that aims at opening a holistic art center in the rural area in Senegal. He lives and works in Dakar, Joal and Goree Island.
Goree Institute is a non-governmental organization based on Gorée Island, off the coast of Dakar, since 1991. It works on international political dialogue and conflict resolution in Africa.