At ar/ge art, Adji Dieye shows works that began with archival research in Senegal to look at the country's post-independent situation.
For her first solo exhibition in an Italian institution, artist Adji Dieye presents three new artworks that expand her project, Culture Lost and Learned by Heart, begun in 2020. Starting from her research into the National Iconographic Archives of Senegal, founded in 1913 by the former French colonial regime, Adji Dieye undertakes a personal investigation into the role these institutions continue to play in the post-independent country.
In the three works A Long Term, Friendship, and Untitled Black, Adji Dieye continues her editorial exercise in which photographs selected from the national archives are placed in relation to the documentation of the country’s current infrastructural development, also supported by the Chinese economy, which the artist continues to catalogue. The ‘linearity’ of history is broken down through the association of past and present gestures, ceremonies and architectural spaces, making visible how a certain rhetoric constitutes the archive and the formation of a national identity.
Adji Dieye is an Italian artist born in 1991, living and working between Zurich, Milan, and Dakar. Dieye holds a BA in New Technologies of Arts from the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera, Milan, and an MFA from the Zurich University of the Arts, ZHdK, Zurich. Since 2018 Adji Dieye has exhibited her work in various international venues including LagosPhoto Festival, Rencontres de Bamako – Biennale Africaine de la Photographie, Kunsthalle Wien, Dak’Art Biennale de l’Art Africain Contemporain, 2020, and Clark House Initiative, Mumbai. She is the recipient of the C/O Berlin Talent Award 2021 in the category of art. In 2022 she will participate in the Dak’Art Biennale and Rencontres de Bamako.