DAK’ART 2014

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

Amary Sobel Diop


Apologie pour la paix (Apology for peace): aluminium plates taken from spray deodorants, copper wire, sewing, stitching, courtesy of the artist.
Tawakul Karman : 97 cm x 129
Aline Sitoe Diatta : 80 cm x 106 cm
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf : 103 cm x 129
Leymah Roberta Gbowee : 105 cm x 129 cm
Rigoberta Manchu Tum : 80 cm x 106 cm

A reality of the 21st century announces that the world will acknowledge women as we acknowledge reason. During the 20th and the 21th centuries, women began a fierce struggle for human rights.
With Apologie pour la paix, Amary Sobel Diop pays tribute to the women of the past few decades responsible for a fragile peace, maintained through their actions: Her Excellence Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and her compatriot Leymah Rigoberta Gbowee of Liberia, Burma’s Aung San Suu KYI, India’s Macedonian Mother Teresa, North Ireland’s Corrigan Mairead, Guatemala’s Rigoberta Menchu Tum, Yemen’s Tawakkul Karman, and Aline Sitoe Diatta of Senegal and the West African sub-region.
Among these remarkable personalities, the Biennale of Dakar chose to show a series of portraits, which include etched biographies of each individual.
The unique technique of stitched-assemblage, used to create each of these works, speaks to the need for uniqueness and to the coordination necessary to restore and to preserve a universal peace, called for by the artist.

Born in 1971 in Diourbel, Amary Sobel Diop lives and works in Senegal. He studied at the Ecole Nationale des Arts of Dakar and became an art teacher in 2009. He intended to be a committed artist as he deals in his works with topical issues such as deforestation, peace culture, restoration and preservation of African cultural heritage, empowerment and enhancement of women. With a rather special technique he calls assembly couture, he retrieves, sew, glue and paint materials to express feelings, emotions and convey messages.

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