Videographe welcomes two Senegalese artists, Aïcha Aïdara and Samba Fall, for a free public discussion on Tuesday March 29, 2011, at 7:00 p.m., in conjunction with the exhibition Temps-dialogue sur l’art contemporain du Sénégal, curated by Pierre Beaudoin and being presented from April 2 to May 7, 2011 at the SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art and at MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels).
This encounter is one of a series of Vidéographe Interviews, a new-audience outreach activity which provides an open platform for the work and ideas of internationally-renowned artists. This discussion will be presented at 4450 Ganier St., Montreal, Canada.
The thread-like lines and sober colours of Aïcha Aïdara’s work blend the techniques of painting with those of weaving. Through the myths and aesthetics evoked by the woven loincloth, she carries on the artisanal tradition of spinning in a resolutely contemporary art form in which the play of materials gives rise to a true dialogue between the expression of identity and the full flowering of existence.
Aïcha Aïdara’s work is regularly exhibited in Africa and Europe and can be found in private collections in Senegal, France and Canada. In 2009, she was one of the representatives of Senegal at the Pan-African Festival in Algiers.
Samba Fall examines people’s social behaviour whose paradigmatic goal is to change people’s personalities. Known as a painter and drawer of animated cartoons, he creates installations featuring video screenings. He also uses computer equipment to create works that can be consulted on the Internet.
Samba Fall graduated from the École Nationale des Arts in Senegal and studied multimedia and video art in Dakar and Oslo. Recognised for his work as a painter and video maker, he divides his time between these two cities. His work has been shown in several exhibitions in Senegal, Europe and the United States and was seen in the most recent New Museum triennial in New York in the spring of 2009. That same year, a work of his was shown at Tate Modern in London.
Pierre Beaudoin will moderate the discussion. He will introduce the exhibition Temps-dialogue sur l’art contemporain du Sénégal, describing its genesis and outlines with the participation of our two guest artists. Pierre Beaudoin is a cultural worker, performance artist and curator who has been active in the visual and media arts community for 25 years.
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