PRINT September 2016

Cheryl Finley

Youssef Limoud, Maqam, 2016, mixed media. Installation view, Palais de Justice, Dakar. From “Réenchantements,” Dak’Art. Photo: Ricci Shryock.

WHEN PIONEERING CURATOR and editor Simon Njami was named artistic director of the twelfth edition of Dak’Art, the biennial of contemporary African art held in the Senegalese capital of Dakar this past spring, the art world took notice. Njami is a cofounder of Revue Noire, the influential art magazine published in Paris from 1991 to 2001, whose founding mission was “to show that there is contemporary art in Africa.” He is also well known for his curatorial debut, the Ethnicolor festival in Paris in 1987; the blockbuster exhibition “Africa Remix,” which toured Europe, Tokyo, and Johannesburg from 2004 to 2007; and the exhibition “Check List Luanda Pop,” curated with Fernando Alvim, a reflection on fifteen years of contemporary African art from the Sindika Dokolo collection, for the first (and only) African pavilion at the 2007 Venice Biennale. He also served as artistic director of

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