Slain Artist Is Among Dakar Biennial Participants

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The photographer Leila Alaoui, who was recently killed by militants in Burkina Faso, is among the 65 participants in this year’s Dakar Biennial in Senegal, exhibition organizers announced this week. The biennial, also known as Dak’Art, is the continent’s largest, and includes artists primarily from Africa or of African origin. Founded in 1992 and now in its 12th edition, Dak’Art will open in May 2016 under director Simon Njami and secretary general Rassoul Seydi.

Njami hopes that this latest iteration will reinvigorate what he views as a “stagnating” biennial. “I’ve followed all the Dakar biennials. I saw that things were not growing. Stagnation is a symptom of illness. And there is a recurrence of these same symptoms… I’ve also noticed a growing disenchantment with the biennial among my international colleagues,” he told the French-language Senegalese newspaper Enquête.

The full list of participating artists, organized by country, follows below.

SENEGAL

1. Henri Sagna

2. Mohamadou Ndoye

3. Arebenor Omar Yacine Bassene

4. Mbaye Babacar Diouf

BURKINA FASO

5. Gouwendmanegre Hippolythe Sama

USA

6. Olaniyi Rasheed Akindiya

FRANCE

7. Yoyo Gonthier

8. Dalila Dalleas Bonzar

9. Yassine Balbzioui

10. Julien Greuzet

11. Nabil Boutros

12. Badr El Hammani

13. Fatima Mazmouz

CAMEROON

14. Maurice Pefura

15. Annette Mathieue

16. Jean-Pierre Bekolo

17. Billi Bidjocka

MOROCCO

18. Safaa Mazirh

19. Amira Parree

20. Leila Alaoui

ITALY

21. Délio Jasse

KENYA

22. William Wambugu

23. Ingrid & Robert Mwangi/Hutter

24. Mimi Cherono Ng’ok

BAHAMAS

25. Lavar Fredlin Munroe

MOZAMBIQUE

26. Kala Euridice Getulio

GHANA

27. Nana Poku

EGYPT

28. Yara Mekawei

29. Yasmineel Meleegy

30. Youssef Limoud

31. Moataz Nasr

32. Heba Amin

SOUTH AFRICA

33. Bronwgn Katz

34. Nandipha Makhubalo Lindwe

35. Simon Gush

36. Moshekwa Langa

37. Tracey Rose

38. Kemang Wa Lehulere

39. Anne Historical

NIGERIA

40. Abdulrazaq Awofeso

41. Modupeola Fadugba

42. Victor Ehikhamenor

43. Folakunle Oshun

44. Otobong Nkanga

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC of CONGO

45. Moridja Kitenge Banza

46. Magema Michele

47. Pume

ETHIOPIA

48. Wanja Kimani

49. Theo Eshetu

50. Aida Muluneh

TUNISIA

51. Héla Ammar Ep Ben Becher

52. Mouna Karray

53. Yesmine Ben Khelil

54. Mouna Jemal Siala

55. Jellel Gasteli

PORTUGAL

56. Monica Sofia

COTE D’IVOIRE

57. Franck Fanny (Abd-Bakar)

58. Francois-Xavier Gbré

59. Gopal Dagnogo

60. Watts Ouattara

MALAWI

61. Samson Kambalu

SUDAN

62. Ala Kheir

MADAGASCAR

63. Joel Andrianomearisoa

ALGERIA

64. Kader Attia

BURUNDI

65. Aime Ntakiyica

Mostafa Heddaya (@mheddaya)

(Photo: Safâa Erruas at the 2002 Dakar Biennial, via Wikipedia)