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Person: Fatou Kandé Senghor

Re-Imagining the Past | Musée Théodore Monod, Dakar

Reimagining the Past departs from the imaginary as a means of rethinking current realities. The project proposes a future from a precolonial perspective to open our eyes to a polyperspective narratives and conceptual approaches. Artists and researchers from the African continent, the diaspora and Europe, will collaborate and theorise together in “LABoratoires”, exploring the poetic power of artistic practice and imagination.

“Ré-imaginer le passé” is both a laboratory and exhibition project. The German-Senegalese curatorial team, comprised of El Hadji Malick Ndiaye, Mahret Ifeoma Kupka, Isabel Raabe and Ibou C. Diop, will host labs in Dakar and in digital space. The results will culminate in exhibitions at the Musée Théodore Monod in Dakar and the KINDL Center for Contemporary Art in Berlin.

With works by Nikita Dhawan, Viyé Diba, Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro, Mansour Ciss Kanakassy, Elsa M’Bala, Ibrahima Thiam, Caroline Gueye, Alibeta, Fatou Kandé Senghor and María do Mar Castro Varela.


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“Reprendre”? | Centre Pompidou, Paris

The question of the restitution of patrimonial objects is currently hotly debated in a world which is a return to the European colonial past and which questions the origin of extra-European objects torn from their original context, as well as their exposure patterns in the West. Director Susan Vogel , an expert on African art, recounts the fast-paced and tragically burlesque journey of a Fang statuette through the 20th century, since its delivery to the West. In his film The Visitor (2007), the Swiss artistUriel Orlow goes to meet Oba Erediauwa, then king of Benin, to question him on the need to repatriate or not the famous bronzes of Benin preserved in the British Museum. Finally, the Senegalese videographerFatou Kandé Senghor films a Casamance artist-ceramist, Seni Camara, whose ancestral know-how is threatened with extinction.These different films help to question the fate and transmission of confiscated objects, all too often dedicated to museification alone. 

Uriel Orlow’s film The Visitor is screened alongside Fatou Kande Senghor’s work Giving Birth, and Susan Vogel’s film, Fang: An Epic Journey, followed by an in-conversation with curator Alicia Knock


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