Modern Symposium: Dakar



Elvira Dyangani Ose will discuss her two primary interests in Dakar: firstly, the city as a site for a plural experience of Africanness and Blackness (Négritude, New Negro, Black Internationalism, pan-Africanism and other practices of Diaspora), as framed by two important events: the First World Festival of Black Arts, and the second edition of the Biennial of Dakar; and secondly, the city as a setting where political consciousness is exercised, in which artist collectives such as Laboratoire Agit-Art went beyond the aesthetic experience to critically promote the development of cultural initiatives whose goal was to blur disciplinary boundaries and to propose the experience of a ‘total art’ that was powerfully influenced by vernacular cultures and languages.


Elvira Dyangani Ose is Director of The Showroom, London. She is affiliated to the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths and the Thought Council at the Fondazione Prada. Previously, she served as Creative Time Senior Curator, Curator of the eighth edition of the Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary art, and Curator International Art at Tate Modern.

Time: 3:30-4:30pm

Location: Art Dubai Talks, Mina A’Salam