Africa is not only a continent with an economic, agricultural and industrial development future, it is also an effervescent universe of culture, where resilient states of mind gravitate towards the most varied forms and expressions of art.
A country also develops and evolves through its artists and creatives, culture is probably the greatest generational link – timeless and in constant mutation – a sensory vehicle capable of transporting unique emotions and sensations.
The Art Senegal project (www.artsenegal.com) is a good example of the dynamics that the country of “Teranga” (known as such for its warm hospitality) develops in the artistic world: a privileged hub for artists. From contemporary art, through “pop art” design, multidisciplinary sculptors, primary art or even fashion designers and stylists, the Art Senegal concept is an unmistakable demonstration of the creative capacity that lives in Senegal.
Dakar, the emerging capital, is one of the most interesting cultural stages in these African latitudes, a city where new talents proliferate, prestigious galleries of international dimension, a nerve centre that withstands complex times and remains unique in its cultural matrix.
The craft markets have evolved and today Senegal offers a series of artisans and a relevant mini-industry, where one can see the emergence of new projects and brands that raise the level of crafts that can be found in Senegal.
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Becoming aware of this reality is the very raison d’etre of “Art Senegal”, a digital platform and a collective of artisan artists that bring together the best that can be found in Senegal. Supporting new talents, valuing and qualifying different lines of products manufactured or produced by those following the traditional production characteristics, are some of the objectives of this project.
With the oldest Contemporary Art Biennial in activity on the African continent, the Dakar Biennial | Dak’Art (https://biennaledakar.org/), keeps Senegal on the front page of the culture produced by African artists and talents.
The diversity and artistic scope that we can find in this location constitutes itself as a unique “footprint” in the history of the continent; Senegal continues to represent a stage of choice when we talk about African culture.
The creativity and talent of artists and artisans is so rich that it sometimes makes it difficult to see the real border between art and crafts. Accepting the doctrine that every form of creativity produced by man results from individual or collective manufacture, it is legitimate to assume that art and craftsmanship, in many cases, coexist along a very fine line of distinction.
Inspired by this interpretation, the Art Senegal concept keeps alive the timeless spirit and creative sense of the multiple talents that Senegal has to offer us.
President of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Cultural Promotion Portugal – Senegal & West Africa (CCIPS), Board Member of Economic Consultative Council of the Embassy of Portugal in Dakar – Senegal, Member of Portuguese Diaspora Council since April 2017