The View From Here: Contemporary Perspectives From Senegal

Zuccaire Gallery (SUNY Stony Brook University), Stony Brook, NY , United States
18 Jul 2019 - 12 Oct 2019

Layla Amatullah Barrayn (b. 1979, Brooklyn, NY), Guet Ndar Masjid (Ndar, Saint-Louis), 2016, Digital C-Print, 16 x 24 in

Layla Amatullah Barrayn (b. 1979, Brooklyn, NY), Guet Ndar Masjid (Ndar, Saint-Louis), 2016, Digital C-Print, 16 x 24 in

Featuring work created since 2010, THE VIEW FROM HERE offers a wide panorama of art practice from the perspective of artists—individuals who uncover aspects of their own identity as they reflect on contemporary life in Senegal. Collectively, their work acts as a portrait of how one African country can inspire creative minds, balancing universal questions with local characteristics.

Opening in conjunction with the internationally-acclaimed Stony Brook Film Festival at Stony Brook University, the exhibition features nearly 50 works by 11 contemporary Senegalese artists, the exhibition spans a broad scope of themes including family life, portraiture, local celebrations and global concerns, in painting, drawing, collage, photography, mixed media installation and video.

Curated by Joseph Underwood (SBU PhD ‘17), Art History, Kent State University, the exhibition opened at Waru Studio, Dakar, Senegal in May 2018, and traveled to the Wright Museum of Art at Beloit College, Wisconsin, and the CVA Gallery at Kent State University, Ohio, before its presentation at Stony Brook University. The Stony Brook University presentation is organized by Karen Levitov, Director of the Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery, Staller Center for the Arts.

Artists: Laylah Amatullah Barrayn, Manthia Diawara, Khalifa Dieng, Ibrahima Dieye, Camara Guèye, Fatou Kandé Senghor, Amalia Ramanankirahina, Henri Sagna, Fally Sene Sow, Pap Souleye Fall and Ibrahima Thiam


  • The show is open from July 18-27 in afternoons and evenings of the Stony Brook Film Festival
  • Additional summer dates by appointment
  • Reopening from August 26-October 12, 2019


Reception: Saturday, July 20, 5-7 PM
Art Crawl: Tuesday, September 10, 3-5 PM

Curator Talks: Tuesday, September 24, 1 PM and 6 PM
Joseph L. Underwood (SBU PhD ’17)

Reception: Tuesday, September 24, 7 PM
Sponsored by SBU Alumni Association

Artist Talk: Thursday, October 10, 1 PM
Laylah Amatullah Barrayn in dialogue with Prof. Abena Asare




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