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Person: Ibrahima Thiam

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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Teg bët gëstu gi | 14th Dakar Biennale

Group exhibition curated by El Hadj Malick Ndiaye and Emmanuelle Cherel with projects by Hervé Youmbi, Ibrahima Thiam, Uriel Orlow / Ariane Leblanc, Alioune Diouf, Patrick Bernier / Olive Martin, Ussumane Ca, Vincent Meessen, François Knoetze and Mamadou Khouma Gueye.
Teg Bët Gëstu Gi aims to stir up the metamorphic life of objects. Teg Bët Gëstu Gi in Wolof means ‘to see or touch with the eyes’ – research. Uriel Orlow’s new commission ‘Botanique de la more, botanique de la vie’ consists of a video and a garden and engages with artefacts from the collection of the Musée Theodore Monod which are intimately connected with plants: woven baskets used to collect plants, mortar and pestle used to process leaves and roots for medicinal use or sachets of plants worn by warriors to bring them luck… Objects that testify to our entanglement with the vegetal world and that evoke the spiritual and medicinal powers of plants.

Uriel Orlow exhibits for the first time the commissioned work Botany of Death, Botany of Life (video, 2020-2022). Outside the museum walls, in the garden, we encounter Botany of Care, a medicinal garden project conceived and developed jointly by Uriel Orlow and Ariane Leblanc.


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