THE VIEW FROM HERE: Contemporary Perspectives from Senegal

Screen Shot 2018-06-04 at 1.58.12 PMJuly 18 – October 12, 2019

Reception and programs to be announced

Featuring work created since 2010, THE VIEW FROM HERE offers a wide panorama of art practice from the perspective of artists—individuals who uncover aspects of their own identity as they reflect on contemporary life in Senegal. Collectively, their work acts as a portrait of how one African country can inspire creative minds, balancing universal questions with local characteristics.

Opening in conjunction with the internationally-acclaimed Stony Brook Film Festival at Stony Brook University, the exhibition features nearly 50 works by 10 contemporary Senegalese artists, the exhibition spans a broad scope of themes including family life, portraiture, local celebrations and global concerns, in painting, drawing, collage, photography, mixed media installation and video.

Ibrahima Thiam (b. 1981, Dakar) Maam Coumba Bang series 2018 Photograph, calabash, lait caillé, kola leaves 40 cm x 40 cmIbrahima Dieye (b. 1988, Dakar) Cry for Help 2 2018 bic pen, acrylic, collage, and pastels, paper on canvas 140 cm x 130 cm

Curated by Joseph Underwood (SBU PhD ‘17), Assistant Professor of Art History, Kent State University, the exhibition opened at Waru Studio, Dakar, Senegal in May 2018, and traveled to the Wright Museum of Art at Beloit College, Wisconsin, and the CVA Gallery at Kent State University, Ohio, before its presentation at Stony Brook University. The Stony Brook University presentation is organized by Karen Levitov, Director of the Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery, Staller Center for the Arts.

The exhibition is sponsored, in part, by the US Embassy in Senegal as part of the OFF of the Dakar Biennale. The catalog has contributions from seven art scholars and artists and includes illustrations of all of the artwork in the exhibition.

Image captions:
Top:
Camara Guèye (b. 1968, Bignona), Village Promenade (detail), 2012, Acrylic, india ink and pen on paper, mounted on canvas, 200 cm x 150 cm
Above left: Ibrahima Thiam (b. 1981, Dakar), Maam Coumba Bang series, 2018, Photograph, calabash, lait caillé, kola leaves, 40 cm x 40 cm
Above right: Ibrahima Dieye (b. 1988, Dakar), Cry for Help 2, 2018, Bic pen, acrylic, collage, and pastels, paper on canvas, 140 cm x 130 cm