The Wake | Dak’Art Biennale 2024

The 15th edition (from May 16 to June 16, 2024) will explore the relationship between art, society, the climate and history, particularly in the context of Dakar. Calling for an awakening to the social and environmental crises confronting the world, the biennial positions artists as the drivers of a new global narrative.

by GRIOT - Published on 18/03/2024
Emmanuel Tussore, De Cruce, 2022 Installation view, Dakar Biennale 2022. COURTESY Emeka Okereke

Fifty-eight artists from Africa and its diaspora will be represented at the biennial. Working across drawing, virtual reality, sound, sculpture and photography, they include Adel Adessemed, Sara Altantawi, Hiba Baddou, Youness Ben Slimane, Hicham Berrada, Dalila Dalleas Bouzar, Slimen El Kamel, Majida Khattari, Faten Rouissi, Youssef Taki Miloudi and Ghizlane Sahli.

Dak’Art 2024 will consist of multiple exhibitions held at various venues across Dakar. Kara Blackmore, Marynet J and Cindy Olohou will curate a special exhibition entitled On s’arrêtera quand la Terre rugira (We will stop when the Earth roars), which brings together the works of ten international artists revolving around urgent issues surrounding the contemporary ecological crisis and examines how its effects are most deeply felt by countries who are least responsible for it.

The Musée des civilisations noires will present a showcase of national pavilions, the Maison de la Culture Douta Seck and the Galerie nationale d’art will host exhibitions paying homage to Anta Germaine Gaye and the late Mouhamadou N’doye (N’doye Douts) respectively, with Salimata Camara and Sylvain Sankalé as the respective curators. Kalidou Kassé will curate a show entitled Collectionneurs, and a section dedicated to design will be held in the Ndary Lo space, within the Old Courthouse, curated by designer Ousmane Mbaye.

Dak’Art 2024 will also feature a series of panel discussions in French and English and revolving around the biennial’s theme, held at the Musée des civilisations noires and the Ancien Palais de Justice Dakar. The discussions will take place in the morning followed by participatory round tables and artist performances in the afternoon, at the Old Courthouse.

List of Selected Artists

1. Adel ADESSEMED, ALGERIA
2. Sara ALTANTAWI, EGYPT
3. Clay APENOUVON, TOGO – FRANCE
4. Hiba BADDOU, MOROCCO
5. Oumar BALL, MAURITANIA
6. Mugabo BARITEGERA, CONGO DRC
7. Sonia BARRETT, JAMAICA – UNITED KINGDOM
8. Arebenor BASSENE, SENEGAL
9. Ama BE, GHANA – UNITED STATES
10. Youness BEN SLIMANE, TUNISIA
11. Hicham BERRADA, MOROCCO – FRANCE
12. DALILA DALLEAS BOUZAR, ALGERIA – FRANCE
13. Agnes BREZEPHIN, FRANCE
14. Jenna BURCHELL, SOUTH AFRICA
15. Sika DA SYLVEIRA, BENIN
16. Elladji Lincy DELOUMEAUX, FRANCE
17. Aliou DIACK, SENEGAL
18. DIODOS Collective, ARGENTINA – MEXICO
19. MOHAMED DIOP, SENEGAL
20. Senami DONOUMASSOU, BENIN
21. Sokari DOUGLAS- CAMP, NIGERIA
22. Slimen EL KAMEL, TUNISIA
23. Samuel GELAS, FRANCE
24. Astrid GONZALEZ, COLOMBIA
25. Thonton KABEYA, CONGO DRC
26. Tahir Carl KARMALI, KENYA – SEYCHELLES
27. Majida KHATTARI, MOROCCO
28. Pascal KONAN, IVORY COAST
29. Collectif LO-DEF Film Factory, SOUTH AFRICA
30. MAD IN PIXEL, SENEGAL
31. Romane MADEDE-GALAN, FRANCE
32. Marie Claire Messouma MANLANBIEN, IVORY COAST – FRANCE
33. Martin Lukongo MASUDI, CONGO RDC
34. Primo MAURIDI, CONGO RDC
35. Wilfried MBIDA, CAMEROON
36. Tuli MEKONDJO, ANGOLA – NAMIBIA
37. Stéphanie MELYON Reinette, FRANCE
38. Siwa MGOBOZA SOUTH AFRICA
39. Maya MIHINDOU, GABON – FRANCE
40. Youssef Taki MILOUDI, MOROCCO – SPAIN
41. Lizette NIN, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
42. Ronald ODUR, UGANDA
43. Masud OLUFANI, SIERRA LEONE
44. Nengi OMUKU, NIGERIA
45. Nyaba Leon OUEDRAOGO, BURKINA FASO
46. Abdou OUOLOGUEM, MALI
47. Sidney REGIS, FRANCE
48. Faten ROUISSI, TUNISIA
49. Ghizlane SAHLI, MOROCCO
50. SHIVAY la Multiple, FRANCE
51. Jake Michael SINGER, SOUTH AFRICA
52. Dior THIAM, SENEGAL – GERMANY
53. Gina Athéna ULYSSE, UNITED STATES
54. Skumbuzo VABAZA, SOUTH AFRICA
55. Ezra WUBE, ETHIOPIA – UNITED STATES

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