Medina Memoria – Villa des Arts and Petit Musée, Dakar

My photographic work on the Medina neighbourhood of Dakar is exhibited in two locations in the Senegalese capital these months. First at the Villa des Arts, in the Maristes area, from 8 December 2018 to 8 January 2019; the exhibit is part of the cultural event Partcours, which this year celebrates its seventh anniversary gathering 23 art galleries. In addition, my work is also visible at Petit Musée, a new gallery located in the historical and central Plateau area of Dakar, from 14 December 2018 to 31 January 2019.

A bit more on my project… With its colorful and quaint and dated architecture, its bubbling and festive streets, and its direct and generous inhabitants, the Medina district of Dakar is a clever mix of chaos and creativity whose fragile balance threatens at any moment to break. Its hectic atmosphere, its profusion of colors and noises and its unique heritage are the pride of the Medinois and catapult the visitor passing through into a raw universe and without concessions.

Officially created in September 1914 by a decree of then Governor William Ponty, the Medina of Dakar first welcomed the local populations of the Plateau – mostly Lebous – chased away by French settlers following an epidemic of plague. The first site of occupation is Tilène – the favorite place for the “tilé”, or jackals.

Medina Memoria is a photographic exploration in one of the most vibrant areas of Dakar. This project aims to explore what constitutes its fabric, its intrinsic memory, such as private homes, old buildings and historic sites of course; but also what especially contributes every day to the living memory of this incomparable and unpredictable neighborhood, namely its composite populations and their eclectic lives.