Dak’Art 2012, Biennale of Contemporary African Art: Contemporary Creation and Social Dynamics

The tenth edition of the Dakar Biennale takes place in a particular context. 2012 is the year of the elections, as was 2000. This year also marks the twentieth anniversary of the longest-established biennale on the African continent.

The theme chosen for this edition proposes to examine, through various angles, the dialogue contemporary artists engage in with a social environment in constant change.

Contemporary creation and social dynamics is the investigative field artists, curators, critics, and scholars are invited to explore as part of the encounters and exchanges programmed during the 2012 edition of the Dakar Biennale.

Ousseynou Wade, Secretary General of the Dakar Biennale

Dak’Art 2012 brings together numerous events. In addition to the international exhibition presenting artists from several African countries and the diaspora at the Musée Théodore Monod, an exhibition at the Galerie Nationale will feature three solo presentations of artists: Peter Clarke, Goddy Leye, and Berni Searle.

The Valencia Institute of Modern Art (Spain) will invite the public to discover an exhibition of architects and visual artists at the Maison de la Culture Douta Seck. Two exhibitions will pay homage to pioneering artists Papa Ibra Tall and Joe Ouakam.

A number of international art institutions will also be involved in the debates and roundtables.

Finally the OFF will offer numerous fringe exhibitions in Dakar, Saint-Louis and the whole of Senegal.

Adel Marwa (Egypt), Alleck Nirveda (Mauritius), Assie Romaric (Ivory Coast), Ba Cheikhou (Senegal), Baba-Ali Younes (Morocco), Baker Bridget (South Africa), Beckett James (South Africa), Caranda-Martin Doughba Hamilton (Liberia), Chachage Rehema (Tanzania), Cissé Mamadou (Senegal), Diallo Bakary (Mali), Emmanuel Paul (South Africa), Eyongakpa Em’Kal (Cameroon), Fatmi Mounir (Morocco), Foli Jessica (South Africa), Goliath Gabrielle (South Africa), Hoareau Stéphanie (France – Reunion Island), Kameli Katia (Algeria), Kimani Wanja (Kenya), Konan Pascal (Ivory Coast), Lamrani Jamila (Morocco), Mba Bikoro Nathalie (Gabon), Modisakeng Mohau (South Africa), Modum Chika (Nigeria), Mteki Nancy (Zimbabwe), Mutelekesha Victor (Zambia), Nasr Moataz (Egypt), Ndiaye Cheikh (Senegal) Ngqinambi Ndikhumbule (South Africa), Niang Ibrahima Piniang (Senegal), Nsengiyumva Laura (Rwanda), Ramanankirahina Amalia (Madagascar), Sagna Henri (Senegal), Segueda Léopold (Burkina Faso), Seydi Mamady (Senegal), Shadi Lerato (South Africa), Sinzogan Julien (Benin), Tabti Oussama (Algeria), Tundula Christian (DRC), Youmbi Hervé (Cameroon), Zaidi Rafik (Algeria), Zouggar Sofiane (Algeria).

42 artists, 16 females, 26 males from 21 African countries and Reunion Island


Christine EYENE is an independent curator and art critic currently working with Autograph ABP, London. Website: eyonart.blogspot.co.uk.

Nadira LAGGOUNE is lecturer, art critic and curator of the International Festival of Contemporary Art (FIAC), Algiers 2009 and 2011.

Riason NAIDOO is director of the South African National Gallery and the Old Town House museums, part of Iziko Museums based in Cape Town.


The Dakar Biennale is organised by the Ministry in charge of Culture, Senegal