“I am a woman, I am an artist and it is beautiful!” Kine Aw is one of the few female Senegalese visual artists. She works with paint on large canvases and creates her perception of reality which consists of the universe of women in the Sahel: round shapes, beauty, tradition versus modernity, themes inspired by her own life as a woman.
Pappe Ibrahim Niang is named after his grandfather and combined his names together to become Piniang. A serious, calm and mature artist who works with different media: sculpture, paintings, installations, video and animation. He addresses weighty themes such as refugees and people whose lives have been uprooted. “I’ve always felt drawn to situations in which people are forced to move. Those are things that have a major impact on a society.” He addresses these themes to raise awareness about social responsibility and social engagement in society, a recurring theme among artists in Dakar.
“The task of an artist is not to create a beautiful piece of art to decorate a living room, but the mission of an artist is much more relevant; it’s about improving things in society by raising public awareness. In my case I want to get messages across about public spirit regarding protection of the environment and social involvement and responsibility.” Continue reading Mady Sima→