Dakar Biennale 2024 Postponed To End Of Year

The Minister of Youth, Sports, and Culture has announced the rescheduling of the fifteenth edition of the Biennale of Contemporary African Art, DAK’ART.

by GRIOT - Published on 05/05/2024
Marcos Lora Read, La Casa Roja de Caronte, 2018. Installation view, Dak’Art Biennale 2018 “The Red Hour/A New Humanity” curated by Simon Njami. Photo: The Sole Adventurer.

Originally planned for May 16 to June 16, 2024, the 15th edition of Dak’Art is scheduled to take place from November 7 to December 7, 2024. The decision stems from a careful consideration of both national and international circumstances, coupled with recent shifts in cultural leadership, all aimed at upholding the Biennale’s esteemed reputation, according to the authorities. The postponement follows the election of President Bassirou Diomaye Faye in March, concluding a contentious electoral period marked by significant protests and concerns regarding the stability of the West African nation.

Titled The Wake, curated by the art critic and curator Salimata DIOP, the fifteenth edition will delve into current political, ecological, and social shifts, with a particular focus on the city of Dakar itself.

The official exhibition is expected to feature works from 58 artists, while the popular OFF exhibition, organized by local cultural producers and artists, may still be in the works, though details remain unclear at this time.

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