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El Hadji Sy
Author: Clementine Deliss

ISBN: 9783037348413
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 16 June 2015
Country of Publication: CH
Dimensions (cm): 28.3 x 22.0 x 2.5

PAINTING-PERFORMANCE-POLITICS is the first critical and comprehensive publication on the Senegalese artist, curator and activist, El Sy (*1954), who is one of the most significant figures in African contemporary art. Not only has his innovative practice as a painter, performance artist, stage designer and curator shaped the art scene in Dakar since the late 1970s, but he is also internationally recognized as a leading protagonist of conceptual and politicized art collectives in Africa including the Laboratoire Agit'Art and Tenq.

This publication is the first art historical analysis that contextualizes his work and connects it to notions of resistance and activism in post-Independence Africa. It includes new essays by internationally renowned art historians, writers, and curators as well as unseen archival material. It places El Sy's activities within the framework of Senghorian post-Independence aesthetics, artists' collectives in Africa, and Senegalese-German post-war relations. This publication offers a rare insight into intellectual and activist art practice in Africa prior to the "Global T...

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