Issa Samb, untitled, 2010, welded shovels. Installation view, RAW Material Company, Zone B, Dakar. Photo: Sophie Thun.

Issa Samb (1945–2017)

Senegalese artist Issa Samb has died, according to Damola Durosomo in OkayAfrica. Also known as Joe Ouakam, Samb was a cofounder of Dakar-based collective Laboratoire Agit’Art. He was a playwright and poet in addition to being an artist who worked in media ranging from painting to sculpture to performance art. His work was featured in a retrospective at the National Art Gallery, Dakar, in 2010, and was included in Documenta 13, in 2012.

Discussing art in Dakar for the September 2016 issue of Artforum, curator Koyo Kouoh said, “Samb and Laboratoire Agit’Art never felt like they had to define themselves or justify themselves to anyone, or show themselves to the so-called order, the order always being Western, European, French, and so on. This is why Samb is such a seminal artist in our field today and why his work is extremely empowering.”