Dak’Art 2024 Unveils Theme, Artist Lineup, and Curators for 15th African Contemporary Art Biennale

Dakar Biennial

In an exciting announcement, the organizers of Dak’Art, the African Contemporary Art Biennale, have revealed the theme, artist list, and guest curators for its highly anticipated 15th edition scheduled to run from May 16 to June 16, 2024. The biennale, titled “The Wake,” aims to explore the intricate connections between art, society, climate, and history, with a particular focus on Dakar.

Aiming to prompt an awakening to the pressing social and environmental challenges confronting the world, Dak’Art 2024 positions artists as catalysts for shaping a new global narrative. The biennale will showcase the works of fifty-eight artists hailing from Africa and its diaspora, working across diverse mediums such as drawing, virtual reality, sound, sculpture, and photography.

The full list of participating artists includes:

  1. Adel Adessemed
  2. Sara Altantawi
  3. Clay Apenouvon
  4. Hiba Baddou
  5. Oumar Ball
  6. Mugabo Baritegera
  7. Sonia Barrett
  8. Arebenor Bassene
  9. Ama Be
  10. Youness Ben Slimane
  11. Hicham Berrada
  12. Dalila Dalleas Bouzar
  13. Agnes Brezephin
  14. Jenna Burchell
  15. Salimata Camara
  16. Sika Da Sylveira
  17. Elladji Lincy Deloumeaux
  18. Aliou Diack
  19. Collectif Diodos
  20. Mohamed Diop
  21. Senami Donoumassou
  22. Sokari Douglas- Camp
  23. Slimen El Kamel
  24. Samuel Gelas
  25. Astrid Gonzalez
  26. Thonton Kabeya
  27. Tahir Carl Karmali
  28. Majida Khattari
  29. Pascal Konan
  30. Lo-Def Film Factory
  31. Mad in Pixel
  32. Galane Romane Madede
  33. Marie-Claire Messouma Manlanbien
  34. Martin Lukongo Masudi
  35. Primo Mauridi
  36. Wilfried Mbida
  37. Tuli Mekondjo
  38. Stéphanie Melyon-Reinette
  39. Siwa Mgoboza
  40. Maya Mihindou
  41. Youssef Taki Miloudi
  42. Wangechi Mutu
  43. Mouhamadou N’doye (N’doye Douts)
  44. Lizette Nin
  45. Ronald Odur
  46. Masud Olufani
  47. Nengi Omuku
  48. Nyaba Leon Ouedraogo
  49. Abdou Ouologuem
  50. Sidney Regis
  51. Faten Rouissi
  52. Ghizlane Sahli
  53. Shivay la Multiple
  54. Jake Michael Singer
  55. Dior Thiam
  56. Gina Athéna Ulysse
  57. Skumbuzo Vabaza
  58. Ezra Wube

Dak’Art 2024 will unfold across various venues in Dakar, featuring multiple exhibitions curated by experts in the field. A special exhibition curated by Kara Blackmore, Marynet J, and Cindy Olohou, titled “On s’arrêtera quand la Terre rugira (We will stop when the Earth roars),” will shed light on urgent ecological issues, exploring how their effects disproportionately impact countries least responsible for the crisis.

Other highlights include a showcase of national pavilions at the Musée des civilisations noires, tributes to Anta Germaine Gaye and the late Mouhamadou N’doye, curated by Salimata Camara and Sylvain Sankalé, respectively, and a design-focused section at the Ndary Lo space within the Old Courthouse, curated by designer Ousmane Mbaye.

Dak’Art 2024 will also feature engaging panel discussions in both French and English, centering around the biennial’s theme. These discussions will take place at the Musée des civilisations noires and the Ancien Palais de Justice Dakar, with mornings dedicated to discussions followed by participatory round tables and artist performances in the afternoons at the Old Courthouse.

Art enthusiasts, scholars, and the general public are eagerly anticipating the 15th Dak’Art edition, which promises to be a thought-provoking exploration of the intersection between art and the critical issues facing our world today.

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