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EL HADJI SY: Painting, Performance, Politics

Clémentine Deliss (ed.), Yvette Mutumba (ed.), Weltkulturen Museum (ed.):
408 pages, softcover, 300 colour illustrations, facsimile and Photographs.
Bi-lingual in one volume: German and English.
Publisher: diaphanes. ISBN: 978-3-03734-841-3


“EL HADJI SY: Painting, Performance, Politics” offers the first art-historical survey on the multidimensional work of Senegalese artist, curator, and cultural activist El Hadji Sy (*1954, Dakar). Spanning thirty years of his practice as a painter, performance artist, and founder of numerous artists’ collectives and workshops in Dakar (Laboratoire AGIT’ART, Tenq, Village des Arts), it provides an unprecedented insight into the conceptual and aesthetic framework of a major living artist and curator from West Africa. With newly commissioned essays and interviews by Hans Belting, Clémentine Deliss, Mamadou Diouf, Julia Grosse, Yvette Mutumba, Philippe Pirotte, and Manon Schwich and unique archival material including manifestos, documents and over four hundred illustrations.

Edited by Dr. Clémentine Deliss, Dr. Yvette Mutumba.
Frankfurt am Main.

408 pages, softcover, 300 colour illustrations, facsimile and Photographs.  Bi-lingual in one volume: German and English

Design: very, Frankfurt am Main
Publisher: diaphanes
ISBN: 978-3-03734-841-3

Available at the Weltkulturen Museum €35,- and in bookstores €40,-, or as pdf-document on our website.

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Anthology "Bildende Kunst der Gegenwart in Senegal"

In 1985, the Weltkulturen Museum commissioned the artist and curator El Hadji Sy with the task of assembling a new group of works of contemporary art from Senegal.

El Hadji Sy is one of the first curators based on the African continent to have been charged with building a new art collection for a European museum.

In addition, Sy published a trilingual anthology with the German linguist and art patron Friedrich Axt. Today, the anthology "Bildende Kunst der Gegenwart in Senegal" is still a standard work of art history.

Go to "Bildende Kunst der Gegenwart in Senegal"