Dak’Art. 30 Years of Arts Curation and Reception in Postcolonial African Societies

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On 20 March 2020, three days before the announcement of the state of
emergency regarding the spread of Covid-19 by Senegal’s president Macky
Sall, the Biennale de l’Art Contemporaine Africaine communicated its decision to postpone (and rethink) its fourteenth edition. This would instead
offer an online curated exhibition of art works as well as videos by artists
and experts produced during the pandemic.

The 2020 Biennale de l’Art Contemporaine Africaine, more known as
Dak’Art, marked the 30th anniversary of this biennial meeting point of
African contemporary arts. Dak’Art was founded in 1990 as one of the major
state arts initiatives on the African continent after the 1966 First World Festival of Negro Arts. Then called Biennale des Lettres et des Arts, the event
was aimed at offering Senegalese artists an international platform to showcase their work and establish networks with fellow actors in arts production.
In 1996, it experienced a rebirth, repositioning itself as Biennale de l’Art
Contemporaine Africaine or Dak’Art, a name that continues up to now.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-71
JournalArts Management Quarterly
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Biennale
  • Festival
  • Dak'Art
  • Dakar
  • Arts
  • Curation
  • Management


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