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Steeve Bauras, 3K, 2013, mixed media installation with performance. From “Cyclicités,” 2013.

“Cyclicités”

Galerie Le Manège, Institut Français du Sénégal

Steeve Bauras, 3K, 2013, mixed media installation with performance. From “Cyclicités,” 2013.

The exhibition “Cyclicités,” curated by the collective On the Roof (Elise Atangana, Yves Chatap, and Caroline Hancock), presented three research-based projects examining historical patterns through elements of the local urban and cultural context. Senegalese photographer Omar Victor Diop’s ongoing series “Architextures,” 2011–, portrays Dakar as a rural village evolving organically through the grid imposed by Western colonization. Several striking photographic blowups suspended in the cavernous space compared, in close-up detail, the pure geometry and repetition in natural growth with that of industrial products and architecture. Echoing and encompassing features of the building itself—its barred Gothic windows and steel beams—as part of the installation, they highlighted our universal mimicry of nature. Mounted directly on the floor, the depiction of a dizzying viewpoint

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