As part of the Off programming of the 14ᵉ edition of the Dakar Biennale
Exhibited at La Maison des Cultures Urbaines de Ouakam
In partnership with Centre CLARK
From May 21 to June 4, 2022
Moridja Kintenge Banza
Anna Binto Diallo, Berirouche Feddal, Patrick Henry, Mathieu Lacroix, Michaëlle Sergile
Habiter le Monde : esquisse d’une rencontre (Inhabiting the World: Outline of an Exchange) is a reflection on the act of inhabiting a site, a space, a body, a geography. To live there by “choosing” modalities that allow us to become one with the territory on which we have chosen—or not—to reside. For us, african and afro-descendant people who are part of this project, Montréal is the territory we cohabit. It is from here that I, you, he, she, we consider the world. It is from here that day to day our stories take root in a space that is as complex as the afro-descendant communities that live here.
In keeping with Felwine Sarr’s essay on interpersonal politics(1), which invites us to renew the imaginary relationship we build with our fellow human beings and all living things, my curatorial proposal—which I think of as a visual art essay—raises questions about power issues that exist within a given territory. More specifically, it questions the long-term effects these issues have and the ways in which they shape us.
Drawing from their individually distinct North American realities, each of the artists in this exhibition present single or multiple works that foreground the singularity of their personal experiences. Through these distinct journeys, these voices express the plurality and complexity of our experiences and become an outline for a broader reflection.
- Moridja Kitenge Banza