DAK’ART 2014

11ème Biennale de l’Art Africain Contemporain 09/05>08/06

Sidy Diallo


Renaissance 1 : acrylic and pastel on canvas, 149x250 cm, 2013, © Guillaume Bassinet
Not for sale : acrylic and pastel on canvas, 147x243 cm, 2013, © Guillaume Bassinet.

The challenge for developing countries is not only to catch their social and economic backwardness but also to accomplish in a few years what developed countries have done in over a century. This requires skipping basic steps and build on fragile economic and social foundations. This is not unnoticed by Sidy Diallo, an artist particularly concerned by the upheavals caused by globalization. The scrutiny by Diallo in the works Renaissance 1 and Not for sale highlights the perverse effects of the development race. Renaissance 1 shows the Man is a primitive state, seated on a throne to signify the potential of continents like African. Unfortunately, these countries are often led by executive’s advantage interested in the crown - a symbol of power. Construction or reconstruction of Africa can only pass through a strong and educated youth. Not for sale, deals with the African brain drain. Young people come to study in the West but never return to their home countries - countries that would benefit from their expertise. Youth sells to the highest bidder - why?

"Born in 1986 in Kaolack, I spent my childhood in Tambacounda. I’ve always been fascinated by the visual arts and from an early age I participated in artistic exchanges in Tambacounda. After my admission to the National School of Arts in 2009, I attend a workshop in lithography with Serigne Mbaye Camara and Camara Gueye at Aissa Dione gallery. In this period I did my first group exhibition at the Museum Théodore Monod in the context of artistic exchange Tambacounda-Geneva-Dakar. During my training, under the direction of Viyé Diba, I was lucky to find a concept and approach. My work in general is to provide contemporary responses to the issues of contemporary development affecting the African continent, it is a work of pictorial compositions conceptual base consisting of points and routes."