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The Arts Village, Dakar


Opened in April 1998, the Arts Village of Dakar on the way to the Leopold Senghor Airport, is a showcase for vibrant culture in Senegal. You will find here a conducive atmosphere for research and creation of art works - based on the presence of active artists, gallery managers, architects, museum curators, representatives and students of culture and the arts and many others.

Like for every Biennale, the Arts Village participates in the 'Off Programme'. This year, 60 artists, 6 workshops, murals and more are addressing coastal erosion through the mirror of artistic reflection and expression.

The picture shows Aliou and Carla next to one of the monumental art works in the village.

In the context of her preparatory visit for the project 'Mare Nostrum - The voice of West Africa', Carla had several meetings with artists to explore opportunities for collaboration. Among others she met the three artists presented briefly on the following pages:

  • Moussa Sambalaye DIOP
  • Mamadou NDIAYE 'THIA'
  • Tamsir Diogou SECK.

From an artistic perspective they share a common denominator, but their relationship with the sea differs.