The first art-historical survey on the multidimensional work of Senegalese artist, curator, and cultural activist El Hadji Sy.
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.
Published following the eponymous exhibition at the Weltkulturen Museum, Frankfurt, from March 5 to October 18, 2015.
El Hadji Sy (born 1954 in Dakar) is a Senegalese painter and cultural activist. As a founder of the notorious collective Laboratoire AGIT'ART, and a curator of numerous artist-led workshops and studio spaces in Dakar, El Hadji Sy's interdisciplinary practice represents a ground-breaking position within the context of post-independence Africa.