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Contemporary Art and Territories in Dakar

Discover three highlights in the realm of visual arts in the month of May in Dakar, supported by the Afrique et Caraïbes en créations (Creation in Africa and the Caribbean) program.

Dakar Biennale, 2016 Dak’Art  

For the 12th edition of Dak'art, the Institut français is providing this must-see event with its support in favor of African contemporary art and artists from the continent, via its Afrique et Caraïbes en créations program.
Curated by Artistic Director Simon Ndjami based on the theme of ‘‘La Cité dans le jour bleu’’ (The City in the Blue Daylight), this edition is characterized by broadly opening up to the world and the international contemporary art scene. Simon Ndjami has invited six curators from all over the world: Nadine Aimé Bilong aka Nad Bil  (Cameroon/France), Orlando Britto (Canary Islands), Solange Farkas (Brazil), Valentina Levy (Italy), Sujong Song (Korea) and Sumesh Sharma (India) to take part in the project and give thought to making the city and territory part of this great event.

Three “Afrique et Caraïbes en créations’’ Scholarships, to train young curators in Africa

After Marrakech, Addis Abeba and Johannesburg, Independent Curators International (ICI) organized from May 30 to June 5, 2016, in partnership with Raw Material Company and curator Koyo Kouoh, a Curatorial Intensive program for the first time in Dakar, in parallel with the 2016 Dak’art event. It is thus pursuing its commitment to the promotion and training of artistic curators in Africa. Out of the 12 candidates selected to take part in this international professional program that combines talks, workshops and training sessions, three scholarships have been made available to African curators thanks to the support of the Institut français’ Afrique et Caraïbes en créations program.

Liaisons urbaines, actions in the public areas of Africa

An urban regeneration program of African areas, with three pilot projects in Porto-Novo (Benin), N'Djamena (Chad) and Casablanca (Morocco) conducted from 2012 to 2015, Liaisons urbaines (meaning Urban Links) includes a publication (a.p.r.e.s. éditions) and a round table discussion on May 9 at the Institut français of Dakar.
Liaisons urbaines aims at enhancing public areas in African cities by way of experimental and longstanding actions that combine urban development, design, art and heritage by associating inhabitants, townships, cultural agents and designers in the realms of the living environment and visual arts.
The round table discussion also gives an opportunity to announce the team of developers (architects, designers, landscapers) selected for a fourth regeneration project initiated by the Dapper Museum, this time in Gorée Island, Place du marché des jeunes filles.
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