Friday, 6 June 2008

More African foundations, countries and businesses need to support the Biennale.

I think it is a great opportunity to have a Biennale in Africa that represents African contemporary art. But it will be more interesting when African foundations and countries and businesses support the Biennale. Most of the visitors are from Europe and other continents, but few Africans. It is a very good opportunity to show our work, to have projects that travel and to carry out projects outside of the continent. But I think it will also be important to have exchange projects in Africa, otherwise most of the artistic production will go out of the continent.

Ibrahima Niang, 21eme Siecle

There were lots of problem during the biennale. The biennale is not independent; it depends of the Senegalese ministry of culture and they don't understand what is a Biennale.The administration is very slow. Mr.Wade is not really the one who decides, he can't ask for funding without the culture minister. That's why it takes a long time to find money and announce that the Biennale will take place. Artists don’t have time to prepare it very well because they get the information four months before. The official show was not better than last year, I think it has to be better ever year. There were a lot of problems to meet people who had an interest in the artists’ work.

I think the OFF also was not very good, although there were some good exhibitions. I think they have to select the better applications from the OFF to present in the Official Guide. Then people can be sure to find good things. There are more than one hundred exhibitions in Dakar, it is too much, you can't see all and you don't know which one to see. I think Dak'art is very young, we have to do our best to make it greater.

Ibrahima Niang is a visual artist living in Dakar.


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