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THE VIEW FROM HERE: Contemporary Perspectives From Senegal


July 18-27 afternoons and evenings of the Stony Brook Film Festival
August 26-October 12, 2019

Reception: Saturday, July 20, 5-7 PM

Art Crawl: Tuesday, September 10, 3-5 PM

Curator Talk by Joseph L. Underwood (SBU PhD '17)
Monday, September 23, 2:30 PM in Wang Center, Lecture Hall 2
Co-sponsored by the Humanities Institute at Stony Brook

Curator Talk by Joseph L. Underwood (SBU PhD '17)
Tuesday, September 24, 1 PM and 6 PM at Zuccaire Gallery

Reception: Tuesday, September 24, 7 PM
Sponsored by SBU Alumni Association

Artist Talk: Thursday, October 10, 1 PM
Laylah Amatullah Barrayn in dialogue with Prof. Abena Asare
Co-sponsored by the Humanities Institute Stony Brook

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 11 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.




Curated by Joseph Underwood (SBU PhD ‘17), 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. Programming for the Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery presentation is supported by a Stony Brook University Presidential Mini-Grant for Departmental Diversity Initiatives. Receptions for the Zuccaire Gallery presentation are generously funded by Stony Brook Alumni Relations. The 2019-2020 Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery exhibition schedule is made possible by a generous grant from the Paul W. Zuccaire Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Friends of Staller Center.

THE VIEW FROM HERE exhibition catalog has contributions from seven art scholars and artists and includes illustrations of all of the artwork in the exhibition.

Artists: Laylah Amatullah Barrayn, Manthia Diawara, Khalifa Dieng, Ibrahima Dieye, Camara Guèye, Fatou Kandé Senghor, Amalia Ramanankirahina, Henri Sagna, Fally Sene Sow, Pap Souleye Fall and Ibrahima Thiam

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 center: Ibrahima Dieye (b. 1988, Dakar), Cry for Help 2, 2018, Bic pen, acrylic, collage, and pastels, paper on canvas, 140 cm x 130 cm
Above right: Layla Amatullah Barrayn (b. 1979, Brooklyn, NY), Guet Ndar Masjid (Ndar, Saint-Louis), 2016, Digital C-Print, 16 x 24 in