• Ismaila Fatty, Shields of Peace, 2012, dye, linen, 25 1/4 x 34 5/8". From Dak’Art 2014, Biennale of Contemporary
    African Art.

    Dak’Art Biennale of Contemporary African Art

    Various Venues

    May 9–June 8, 2014

    Curated by Elise Atangana, Abdelkader Damani, Massamba Mbaye, and Ugochukwu-Smooth Nzewi

    With new director Babacar Mbaye Diop and four international curators at the helm, the Eleventh Dak’Art Biennale promises to be a departure from previous editions. This year, 119 African, diaspora, and international artists will be presented in a constellation of five exhibitions organized around such themes as “Producing the Common” and “Cultural Diversity.” The biennial isa legacy of Léopold Sédar Senghor, the first president of Senegal, whose 1966 First World Festival of Negro Arts brought artists from around the world to Dakar. Dak’Art’s aim has always been to make the city a capital of culture and a center for African art. Its search for autonomy has long been hampered by a power struggle between the Senegalese government and private funders—all determined to control it—but the foundation now seems poised to transcend this conflict.