The 2018 Dak'art Biennial | Simon Njami’s “New Humanity”
Following a successful 2016 edition, the Dak’art Biennial has chosen curator Simon Njami — the Hans-Ulrich Obrist of African Art — as its artistic director. The Biennial’s upcoming edition will return to Dakar’s former courthouse from May 3 through June 2, 2018.
The 2018 Dak’art will bring together 75 artists (ten more than in 2016) hailing from 33 countries, with 24 African countries represented. For the first time, the number of women and men artists participating will be the same.
After centering the 2016 edition around a poem by Léopold Sédar Senghor, the 2018 Dak’art will be inspired by the play And the dogs went silent by Aimé Césaire, and in particular, by the sentence “I am the Red Hour, the undone hour, red”, evoking the themes of emancipation, freedom and responsibility. Five guest curators will also work alongside Njami: Alya Sebti, Marisol Rodriguez, Bonaventure Ndikung, Maria Hultman and Cosmin Costimas.
“In”, the exhibition curated by Njami, will be titled “A New Humanity” and will bring together, among others, artists Kudzanai Chiurai, Moshekwa Langa, Kara Walker, Pélagie Gbaguid, Katia Kameli, Ghada Amer & Reza Farkonde, Meschac Gaba, Mehdi-Georges Lahlou, Emo de Medeiros and Ouattara Watts. The full list of artists is available here.