• Dak’Art Biennale: “La cité dans le jour bleu”

    Various Venues
    Dakar, Senegal
    May 3–June 2

    Curated by Simon Njami

    Now in its twelfth iteration, Africa’s most significant biennial is a mandatory stop on the global exhibition circuit. Simon Njami curates this summer’s presentation, featuring sixty-five artists from across the continent and its diasporas. Their work will run the gamut of media: from the murals and sculptural residues of rising South African star Kemang Wa Lehulere to the photographs of Ivoirian François-Xavier Gbré, from the multimedia installations of Algerian Kader Attia to the videos of Congolese Michèle Magema. Njami’s lyrical title for the exhibition, La cité dans le jour bleu (The City in the Blue Daylight), quotes the poet and former Senegalese president Léopold Sédar Senghor, whose commitment to state support of the arts remains exemplary, all the more so given the US’s shortcomings in this area. Perhaps one day we’ll catch up.