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Dak'Art 2004

Cices, Dakar

The Biennial of Contemporary African Art. Dak'ArtRT is the only event of note in the continent to consecrate its selection in particular to living artists in and outside the continent. Twelve years of existence, 6th edition, Dak'Art mission is to fit out and to consolidate a framework of promotion for African artists in the continent.

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The Biennial of Contemporary African Art
May 7th - June 7th

DAK'ART is the only event of note in the continent to consecrate its selection in particular to living artists in and outside the continent.

Twelve years of existence, 6th edition, DAK'ART mission is to fit out and to consolidate a framework of promotion for African artists in the continent.

DAK'ART during the last editions, has proved its capacity to keep creativity, to favour exchange and discovery, a necessity for a new position of the artists and their works on the international scene.

DAK'ART , the biennial of contemporary african art is placed under the supervision of the Senegalese Ministry of Culture. The General Secretariat is the executer.

The Scientific Council proposes guidelines and content and nominates the International Committee of Selection (Sara Diamond, President).

DAK'ART 2004 , 33 artists, 5 designers selected who come from 16 African countries, 3 curators, (Yacouba Konate, Ivo Mesquita, Hans Ulrich Obrist), presenting 18 artists from Africa, the Diaspora and the World.

DAK'ART 2004, Meetings and Exchanges has a topic "Contemporary African art and globalization : problems, possibilities and prospects".

DAK'ART 2004, meetings and questions about digital arts, about urban aesthetics, about cultural places emerging in Africa...

DAK'ART 2004, exhibition spots which transform Dakar into the capital of contemporary Art



South Africa:
Thando Mama
Gregg Smith
Mgicineci Sobopha
Doreen Southwood
Sue Williamson

Samta Benyahia
Zoulikha Bouabdellah

Pelagie Gbaguidi

Isaac Essoua dit Malam
Achilleka Komguem

Congo Brazzaville:
Bill Kouelany
Gaston Massamba M'Bongo

Democratic Republic of Congo:
Michele Magema

Amal El Kenawy & Abd El Ghany El Kenawy
Hala Elkoussy
Khaled Hafez
Maha Maamoun
Moataz M. Nasr

Assefa Gebrekidan
Elias Sime

Ivory Coast:
Azieman Louis-Marcel Wanoumi

Jeriarimanjato Razafindranaivo

Asmae Lahkim Bennani
Younes Rahmoun

Toyin Loye
Toyosi Odunsi

Aicha Aidara
Bassirou Dieng dit Diego
Fatou Kande Senghor
Cheikh Niass
Mohamadou N'Doye dit Douts

Sokey Edorh

Fatma Charfi


Algeria :
Mohamed Yahyaoui dit Yamo

Jules Bertrand Wokam

Cheick Diallo
Madeleine Bombote

Amivi Homawoo


Curator : Yacouba Konate (Ivory Coast)
Tapfuma Gutsa (Zimbabwe)
Christian Lattie (Ivory Coast)
Joseph Francis Sumegne (Cameroon)

Curator: Ivo Mesquita (Brasil)
Jose Bedia (Cuba)
Mario Cravo Neto (Brasil)
Odili Donald Odita (Nigeria)

Curator: Hans Ulrich Obrist (Switzerland)
Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla
Trisha Donnelly
Yang Fudong
Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster
Carsten Holler
Isaac Julien
Multiciplicity (agence)
Philippe Parreno
Rirkrit Tiravanija
Anri Sala
Anton Vidokle



The United States Participation In Dak'art 2004
The Biennale Of Contemporary African Art

David Hammons,
Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons
Pamela Z

Curated By Salah M. Hassan And Cheryl Finley

Artists David Hammons, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons and Pamela Z will represent the United States at Dak'Art 2004, the 6th Biennale which opens on May 7 and runs through June 7, 2004. Entitled 3X3: Three Artists/Three Projects, this exhibition is curated by Salah M. Hassan, Chair of the Department of History of Art, and Cheryl Finley, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History and Visual Culture in the Department of Africana Studies, both at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

At the invitation of the curators, the 3X3 artists will realize interventions in different venues throughout the city of Dakar, thus working beyond the typical white cube approach to presentation. The projects will be both site specific and performance based. Although the selected artists work in diverse media and genres, they share a conceptualist approach to art making.

The 3x3 project for Dak'Art will be a presentation of the Africana Studies and Research Center at Cornell University, and will be presented as part of the Dak'Art Off and International Representations program.

David Hammons's work for the 3x3 project entitled Dak'Art 2004 Sheep Raffle will be a site-specific, performance-based work in which Hammons will raffle off one sheep to the people of Dakar each day.

Cuban-American artist Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons's, Threads of Memory, will incorporate new elements to her work Mil maneras para decir adios, a five-screen video installation recently conceived and exhibited in Henie-Onstad Kunstsenter in Oslo, Norway in 2003. The new piece will be adapted to take place in a converted textile factory.

Pamela Z will perform An Evening of Works for Voice, Electronics and Video at the Theatre National Daniel Sorano on the opening night of Dak'Art 2004 and will introduce her new sound installation entitled Just Dust which will be on view at the historic Maison des Esclaves on Goree Island for the duration of the Biennale.


Program Notes:

A Plenary Panel, entitled "Mega Exhibitions: Globalization and Contemporary Art," featuring Okwui Enwezor and Thelma Golden, will take place on May 9, 2004, focusing on the culture and politics of contemporary international art exhibitions and biennales. Okwui Enwezor, former Director of Documenta XI, will deliver a keynote address to which Thelma Golden, Deputy Director for Exhibitions and Programs at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, will respond.

On May 10, 2004, artists, art critics and scholars will meet for a symposium to discuss the work of exhibiting artists and their relationship to cultural production in the West and in Africa. This panel discussion will feature Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons in conversation with Sally Berger, Assistant Curator of Film at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and Selene Wendt, Curator, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo, Norway. Pamela Z will be in conversation with George E. Lewis, musician and computer/installation artist, and Edwin H. Chase, Professor of music at Columbia University, New York. Stanley Whitney, Professor of Painting and Drawing at Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Rome, will discuss with Joseph Lewis III, Dean of the School of Art and Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York.

Also on May 10, 2004, will be the premiere of Conakry Kas, Manthia Diawara's latest documentary on the intellectual scene in Conakry, Guinea-Conakry after the cultural revolution.

On May 11, 2004, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons will give a slide-illustrated lecture at the Ecole Nationale des Arts and discuss with artist Stanley Whitney. Her talk will draw parallels between the traditional mediums of painting, printmaking and sculpture, and the contemporary practices of installation, video and performance.

All events are subject to change.

Official Opening of Dak'Art, May 7, 2004 at 17.30.


For more information contact:
T:+221 823 09 18 F:+221 821 16 32

Venue: CICES
- Adress: Voie de Dégagement Nord, YOFF. Taxi or bus line 1, direction "Nord Foire".
- Exhibition places
o Douta Seck Hall
o The National Gallery of Art
o Former Law-Court
o IFAN Museum
o Dakart OFF

Dak'Art 2004
dal 6/5/2004 al 7/6/2004

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