The most fascinating exhibition of Contemporary African art
Dak’Art 2016 is inspired by the theme “The City in the Blue (La Cité dans le jour bleu)” and will be curated by Simon Njami who was also named as the fair's new artistic director. As inspiration from the theme, Njami selected the extract of Léopold Sédar Senghor’s poem: “Your voice cries out for the Republic - let us raise up that city in a blue daylight: Of equality for brotherly peoples. So we sing in our hearts. 'We are here, Guélowar!'
As the only exhibition of its kind on the entire continent of Africa, an impressive lineup of 65 artists have been selected to exhibit at Dak’Art in response to a global call for applications. The artists represent 20 countries from Africa and from around the world, including Senegal, Burkina Faso, USA, France, Cameroon, Morocco, Italy, Kenya, Bahamas, Mozambique, Ghana, Egypt, South Africa, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Tunisia, Portugal, Cote d’Ivoire, Malawi, Sudan, Madagascar, Algeria, Burundi. Dak’Art has been held every two years since 1990 and has since evolved to become a pan-African biennale in 1996 to focus on Contemporary African and African diaspora art and artists.
The international exhibition "Re-enchantment" is at the heart of this year’s biennale and intends to inspire Africa and Africans to invent new ways to re-enchant the world and the continent with a new energy, a new creativity, and a new momentum.
Dak'Art has widened the scope of possibilities by breaking north-south axis and affirming the fair's international scope and its openness to exchanging views and experiences from around the world. Six curators from four continents have been invited to present an exhibition of three to five artists who would reflect the theme of the 2016 edition: Sumesh Sharma of India; Valentina Gioia-Levy of Italy; Sujong Song of Seoul, South Korea; Nadine Aimé Bilong of Cameroon; Solange Farkas of Brazil; and Orlando Britto of the Canary Islands.
As part of the delegation, opportunities have been created to discuss, share, and exchange with the artists and international curators in intimate settings with dialogue on the major trends of contemporary art in Africa and the world.
Indulge in the spirit of Dak'Art with invitations to attend private events, artist receptions, art tours, meet & greets, and more.
Contact us at (305) 741-0378 to participate in this unique art delegation.