Dakar, Senegal

Dak’Art 2002

Various Venues

The exhibitions and publications of African curators and critics like Olu Oguibe, Okwui Enwezor, or Salah Hassan, to name just a few, have shown the cliché image of “authentic African art” to be an illusion and have countered it with more differentiated viewpoints. But the higher profile of African artists and increasing authority of African curators in the Western art world are changes that have taken place outside the continent. In the ten years of its existence, Dak’Art, the Biennale de l’Art Africain Contemporain, in Dakar, has established itself as one place where a certain continuity in the intra-African exchange of artistic and theoretical positions can be found. Still, one could not overlook the fact that various aspects of this problem of authenticity were also present in Dakar. The relatively small main exhibition at the Centre International du Commerce Extérieur de Sénégal,

to keep reading

Artforum print subscribers have full access to this article. Please sign in below.

Not registered for artforum.com? Register here.

SUBSCRIBE NOW and save up to 65% off the newsstand price for full online access to this issue and our archive.

Order the PRINT EDITION of the December 2002 issue for $17 or the ONLINE EDITION for $5.99.

* This rate applies to U.S. domestic subscriptions.