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Dakar, Senegal


Dak'Art. Dakar Biennale
Biennial of Contemporary African Art

Dakar, Senegal

Biennale d'Art Africain Contemporain
Dakar, Senegal

The Dakar Biennale was established in 1989, with a first edition devoted to Literature in 1990.

The 1992 Biennale was the first edition of DAK’ART, from then on devoted to contemporary visual arts. The Biennale of 1992 still didn’t give priority to African artists, but was, instead, focused on encouraging the sharing of experiences, approaches and dialogues between artists and professionals from various areas, contributing to the reflection on contemporary art as well as promoting African artists.

Based on the evaluation of DAK’ART 1992, and strengthened by the will expressed by the Senegalese government, the Dakar Biennale decided to focus on African contemporary art from 1996 onwards.

Placed under the care of the Ministry of Culture and Francophonie of the Senegalese Republic, Dak'Art has the objectives of: Supporting and encouraging creativity, promotion, diffusion, artistic training and art education in Africa; promoting the African artists internationally; encouraging the integration of the contemporary African Art into the international Art market, and contributing to the development of art criticism in Africa and publications on art and contemporary African artists.

(From press information of the Dak'Art)

Organizer, contact:

Biennale de Dakar
Secrétariat Général

19, Avenue Hassan II
B.P. 3865 Dakar RP


Tel.: +221 33 823 09 18

Email: info@dakart.net
Website: dakart.net

Dak'Art 2008
Review and photos. In: Nafas Art Magazine, May 2008

Dak'Art 2004
Review, photos. Nafas Art Magazine, May 2004

Nafas Art Magazine
With articles about the Islamic influenced countries of Africa.

Africa Remix
Exhibition 2004 - 2007. Photo-report with more than 300 photos.

The Short Century
Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa 1945 - 1994. Exhibition 2001, extensive photo-tour.

Africa: Artists
Index of African artists in Universes in Universe and the Nafas Art Magazine


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12th Dak'Art, 2016
3 May - 2 June 2016
Curator: Simon Njami

11th Dak'Art, 2014
9 May - 8 June 2014

10th Dak'Art, 2012
11 May - 10 June 2012
Review in Nafas Art Magazine

9th Dak'Art, 2010
7 May - 7 June 2010

8th Dak'Art, 2008
9 May - 9 June 2008

7th Dak'Art, 2006
5 May - 5 June 2006

6th Dak'Art, 2004
7 May - 7 June 2008

5th Dak'Art, 2002
10 May - 10 June 2002

4th Dak'Art, 2000
5 May - 5 June 2002

3rd Dak'Art, 1998
24 - 30 April 1998