NOWs: Festival de l’Union, Tambacounda and The Rhythm of Giving and Taking, Dakar
Festival de l’Union, Tambacounda and The Rhythm of Giving and Taking, Dakar
Group exhibition, lectures and talks
21 – 23 February
Festival de l’Union, Tambacounda
Centre Culturel Régional
With: Leone Contini, Aliou ‘Badou’ Diack, Binta Diaw, Saliou Diop, Thomas Dirrix, Jeewi Lee, Juan Pablo Macias, Raul Walch
With: Andreco, Julian Charriere, Kasia Fudakowski, Kahee Jeong, Mikhail Karikis, Raul Walch, Helen Zeru
Curated by Jeewi Lee and Raul Walch
Place de l’Hotel de Ville / city center
With: Káddu Yaraax (Dakar), Ousmane Sinaré und Sikhou Diaby (Somankidi Coura, Mali)
Kër Thiossane, Dakar
With: Leone Contini, Binta Diaw, Jeewi Lee, Juan Pablo Macias, Negga Dou Tamba
Invited by the Senegalese acitivist, rapper and artist Negga Dou Tamba five artists – Leone Contini, Binta Diaw, Jeewi Lee, Juan Pablo Macias, Raul Walch – are now contributing to the Festival de l’Union in Tambacounda, joined by guests who were part of or whose paths have crossed with the project SEEDS in the past two years. This fifth edition of the festival is dedicated to the subject of environment, its preservation and its valuation. Negga Dou Tamba initiated the festival in 2016 as a big public event to praise the heritage, the common good and the power of imagination in Southeastern Senegal. Dozens of local, regional and international performers will participate in this joyful event.
Subsequently the artists Leone Contini, Binta Diaw, Jeewi Lee, Juan Pablo Macias and Negga Dou Tamba will reflect on the The Rhythm of Giving and Taking at Kër Thiossane in Dakar, a space for Art and Multimedia created in 2002. How do artists navigate in trans-cultural spaces contested with hierarchies of knowledge? What are the formats with which the artists respond to the site, to the issue of migration and to the festival’s major theme, ecology? The audience is invited to discuss collaborative artistic practices in a trans-continental context after a set of lectures and talks and to conclude the evening with a commonly created informal dinner.
The Tambacounda region in Senegal is one of the major hubs of migration to Europe. Together with the Thread Residency in Sinthian, Senegal, the artist house Villa Romana started therefore a transcontinental exchange project in 2018. After exhibitions in Berlin and Florence and a symposium on rural art, the project returned to Tambacounda in February. At the invitation of the activist and rapper Negga Dou Tamba, the artists Binta Diaw, Leone Contini, Jeewi Lee, Juan Pablo Macias, Raul Walch participated in the 5th edition of the Festival de l’Union (21.-23.2.2020). Negga Dou Tamba initiated this hip-hop and cultural festival in 2016 as a major public event to praise the heritage, the common good and the imagination in Southeast Senegal. Curated by Agnes Stillger,”Intersection Tamba” included an exhibition, film screenings and theater. The project addressed the themes migration and ecology, but most importantly, participation was about building alternative relationships and giving international visibility to the region’s wealth and issues.