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Black Rock Senegal Announces Partnership with 1-54

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Black Rock Senegal announces their partnership with 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Marrakech, New York and London, ahead of its February edition.

Black Rock will be hosting an exhibition of alumni work accross the three editions.
Image courtesy of Black Rock Senegal.

Renowned artist Kehinde Wiley established Black Rock in 2019, a multidisciplinary artist-in-residence program. The program invites International artists to reside and work in Dakar, Senegal, for one to three months as part of this residency program.

Black Rock in its fifth year has worked with more than 50 artists. Their community will have numerous opportunities in 2024 to view the creations of the innovative thinkers who have joined them in living and working in West Africa. One of them includes their two-year partnership with the well-known 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair. As part of this collaboration, Black Rock will be hosting an exhibition of alumni work accross the three editions. This year, they will be highlighting Léonard Pongo (Year 4) and Devin B. Johnson (Year 1); a portion of the proceeds from the sales from the exhibition will go directly to benefiting Black Rock Sénégal’s residency program.

In Marrakech, Black Rock will also spearhead a symposium bringing together artist-centric institutions on the continent; speakers include: Ndeye Filly Gueye, Curator of Programs, RAW Material Company; Ousseynou Wade, Independent Curator; Margaux Huille, Fondation H, Antananarivo, Madagascar; and Nadine Hounkpatin, Co-founder TheArtMomentum among others.

“We look forward to cross-cultural exchange, to sharing space with alumni from our Senegal residency, and to showcasing their work around the world. We look forward to partnerships and public programming that will support the growth of their practices beyond their time in residence and enrich the discourse between our growing community of artists. We remain committed to artists and to inciting change in the global discourse about what Africa means today; we hope to see you at one of these events below as we foster new generations of artistic dialogue.” – Black Rock Senegal

The first Black Rock Senegal artists, 2021.
Image courtesy of Black Rock Senegal.

Black Rock Senegal’s 2024 programming

MAY 2024

Join Black Rock Senegal early May in New York City where they will be the Special Projects partner at 1-54 New York. At this edition of the fair they will present a selection of alumni work, highlighting Grace Lynne Haynes (Year 1) and Tajh Rust (Year 1). A portion of the proceeds from the sales from the exhibition will go directly to benefiting Black Rock Sénégal’s residency program.

From May 13-18th in Dakar, Black Rock Senegal will be hosting an exhibition of alumni work from years 3 and 4 of the residency alongside the Dak’art Biennale. They have an exciting week of programming planned for the opening of the group exhibition, including an inaugural party, artist talks, and cocktail receptions to celebrate our alumni and their ongoing connection to Dakar.

AUGUST 2024

Join Black Rock on August 9th in Charlotte, North Carolina, at the Harvey B. Gantt Center For African American Arts + Culture where they will be opening an exhibition of alumni work. They partner with the Gantt center as a part of their 50th anniversary celebrations. The focus of this collaboration is to host exhibitions that highlight the talent and originality of the Black Rock Senegal artists-in-residence, showcasing the sheer breadth of the program’s participants as well as the impact of the locale in which these artists work.

OCTOBER 2024

Join Black Rock the week of October 21st in London where they will be the Special Projects partner at 1-54 London. They will be hosting another exhibition of alumni work in the fair’s Special Projects space. A portion of the proceeds from the sales from the exhibition will go directly to benefiting Black Rock Sénégal’s residency program.

DECEMBER 2024

During Miami Art Basel, Black Rock Global Arts Foundation and Kehinde Wiley will host their renowned Fish Fry Fundraiser.

Author

Bardi Osobuanomola Catherine is a budding storyteller. Her academic credentials include a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Benin. She has contributed to numerous Art publications across Africa. She is currently a Writer for Art News Africa.

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