2014

AT THE WALL

Le peuple du mur #1 2014 Inkjet pigment print on 300g cotton paper Large: 55 x 82.5cm Edition of 5 + 2AP

Le mur #1 2014 Inkjet pigment print on 300g cotton paper Small: 27 x 40.4cm Edition of 5 + 2AP

Le mur #12 2014 Inkjet pigment print on 300g cotton paper Small: 27 x 40.4cm Edition of 5 + 2AP

Le peuple du mur #1 2014 Inkjet pigment print on 300g cotton paper Large: 55 x 82.5cm Edition of 5 + 2AP

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At The Wall was realised while driving in a taxi through Dakar. The artist did not stop to take the photographs; as such, the images suggest a sense of constant movement. In her views, there is an unexpected silence and spaciousness in a city known for its bustle; she sees it emptied, a series of walls and buildings with a barely discernible human presence. Her images are abstracted to the point that they are unrecognizable as Dakar; the fabric of the city is paradoxically not the subject of the series. Niang has an acute sensibility for the balance of forms; her eye is attuned to the many possibilities of creating illusions. Framing a terrace through an angled perspective or playing with the optical perception of a building, she turns the city's architecture into a language to express her personal concerns.

The artist's complex relationship with a place that is deeply part of her history and yet does not offer her a sense of home is palpable; she seems to move in a void, following the same wall through the city, as if looking for a thread, a sign, an encounter, and maybe a connection. One could say that the subject of the series is the search, the pilgrimage to gain answers on the future and the past alike. The encounter with the wall offers a surface where her desires and fears are projected. As in any encounter with a reflective experience, the answer ultimately lies with the pilgrim.

 

 

Federica Angelucci, september 2014.