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Dakar: scenes, actors and artistic context

Dakar : scènes, acteurs et décors artistiques

Local and global reconfiguration?

Reconfigurations locales et globales ?

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Published on Friday, March 03, 2017


This symposium will investigate artists’ practices in Dakar in the light of globalization. It will examine artists’ relation to the audience as well as to the city, conceived as a strategic crossroad.  Its ambition is to open new territories of investigation whether they be sociological, economical, political or aesthetical (simultaneously or separately), to identify new paradigms that bring forward a critical understanding of exhibitions, institutions, artistic discourses, as well as of the actors that produce artistic manifestations (creators, art critics, journalists, curators, etc.). 



April 27th

8.30: Welcoming of participants

9.00: Introduction: Mamadou Diouf, Columbia University, New York and Maureen Murphy Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne/HICSA.

Senghor’s Project: Continuities and Discontinuities

Moderator: Mamadou Diouf

  • 9.30 : Léopold Sédar Senghor, “art nègre” and the Ecole de Dakar Joshua I. Cohen, The City College of New York.
  • 10.00 : « L’art sénégalais d’aujourd’hui » (Paris, 1974) : a Manifest Exhibition. Maureen Murphy, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne/HICSA.
  • 10.30 : Genealogy of the Symposium « Fonction et signification de l’art nègre dans la vie du peuple et pour le peuple », Dakar, 1966. Sarah Frioux-Salgas, musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac.

11.00-11.30 Coffee Break

  • 11.30: The Black Civilization Museum, in the Beginning Gérard Bosio, Former Cultural and Diplomatic Consultant for Léopold Sédar Senghor
  • 12.00: The Black Civilization Museum: Continuities and Discontinuities in an Evolving Project Hamady Bocoum, The Black Civilization Museum Director, Director of the Institut Fondamental d’Afrique Noire, Senegal.

12.30-2.00 Lunch Break

  • 2.00: Screening the documentary Négritude : A Dialogue Between Wole Soyinka and Senghor by Manthia Diawara, (2015, 59 min).
  • 3.00 : Analysis and Discussion of the Documentary. Manthia Diawara, New York University and Mamadou Diouf, Columbia University, NY.

3.30-4.00:  Conclusion

April 28th

The Artists and the City: New Artistic Territories

Moderator: Manthia Diawara, New York University.

  • 9h30 : Conceptualizing Dakar’s « Art World City ». Joanna Grabski, Denison University.
  • 10.00: Interview, Viyé Diba (artist) - Mamadou Diouf

10.30 : Coffee Break

  • 11.00:  Interview, Soly Cissé (artist) - Maureen Murphy
  • 11.30 : Interview, Cheikh Ndiaye (artist) -Joanna Grabski

12.00: Lunch Break

Institutions, the Market and the Dakar Biennale

Moderator: Maureen Murphy

  • 2.00: Dakar : City-Vortex, Malick N'Diaye, Art Historian IFAN/Université Cheikh Anta Diop - Musée Théodore Monod d'art africain.
  • 2.30 : The Dakar Biennale, Ousseynou Wade.  Dak’art’s Former General Secretary

3.00: Coffee Break

  • 4.00 : Erupting Time or the Presence of an image : Omar Blondin Diop reading l'Internationale Situationniste in 1969.  Emmanuelle Chérel, Ecole supérieure des beaux-arts de Nantes Métropole/CRENAU.
  • 4.30 : Round Table : Comparing the Ways in which Contemporary African Art is Studied and Circulated in France, the US and Germany.
    • Manthia Diawara,
    • Mamadou Diouf,
    • Joanna Grabski
    • Maureen Murphy

5.30 : Conclusion and Symposium Closure


  • Institut National d'Histoire de l'Art, Salle Vasari - 2 rue Vivienne
    Paris, France (75002)


  • Thursday, April 27, 2017
  • Friday, April 28, 2017


  • Afrique, Sénégal, art moderne, art contemporain, ville, négritude, biennale

Reference Urls

Information source

  • Maureen Murphy
    courriel : maureen [dot] murphy [at] univ-paris1 [dot] fr


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« Dakar: scenes, actors and artistic context », Conference, symposium, Calenda, Published on Friday, March 03, 2017, https://doi.org/10.58079/x47

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