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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.


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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