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Fatou Kandé Senghor

This is Fatou Kandé Senghor, an award-winning Senegalese artist, filmmaker, writer, educator and all-round creative force.

Photo by Elise Fitte-Duval
Photo by Elise Fitte-Duval

Using a combination of photography, film, writing and public installation, she explores the central theme of unresolved history; that individuals, communities and countries must face the sometimes painful or contentious issues of their past and reclaim their missing historical narratives to truly move forwards and face the future.

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This year, she released a documentary on Senegalese sculptor Seni Camara and her surreal and slightly eerie dream-like forms called “Donner Naissance” (“Giving Birth”) which was selected for the 56th Venice Biennale.

If that wasn’t enough of an achievement, she also published “Wala Bok: An Oral History of Hip Hop in Senegal” an anthology of the era-defining artists of Senegal’s hip hop movement.

Luckily for us, she shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Fatou Kandé, you’re an inspiration. I can’t wait to see what’s next!

If you are in Senegal you can purchase Wala Bok direct from the publisher, if elsewhere you can find it here.

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