Black Rock Senegal today announced the 2021 participants for the second year of its Artist-in-Residence program. Founded by renowned artist Kehinde Wiley in 2019, Black Rock Senegal seeks to support new artistic creation through collaborative exchange and to incite change in the global discourse about Africa. The second year of the program will run between February and December 2021.
The selected artists for Black Rock 2021 are: Tyna Adebowale (Nigeria, Mixed Media), Abbesi Akhamie (Germany, Film), Delali Ayivor (Ghana, Writing), Hilary Balu (DR Congo, Painting), Mbali Dhlamini (South Africa, Mixed Media), Abdi Farah (USA, Painting), Moses Hamborg (USA, Painting), Arinze Ifeakandu (Nigeria, Writing), Cristiano Mangovo (Angola, Painting/ Sculpture/ Installation/ Performance), Esmaa Mohamoud (Canada, Sculpture/ Installation), Katherina Olschbaur (Austria, Painting), Irene Antonia Diane Reece (USA, Photography), Curtis Talwst Santiago (Canada, Mixed Media), Darryl DeAngelo Terrell (USA, Photography), and Stephanie J. Woods (USA, Mixed Media).
This year’s residents have been selected by an esteemed committee of creative professionals: Sir David Adjaye OBE, Architect; Amoako Boafo, Artist; Naomi Campbell, Model and Activist; Yagazie Emezi, Artist and 2019 Black Rock Senegal Resident; Christine Kim, Curator, LACMA; and Anne Pasternak, Director, The Brooklyn Museum.
Kehinde Wiley said, “I am thrilled to invite the next class of artists to join me in Dakar. Each is pushing the possibilities of representation in a unique way, together exploring a range of perspectives that span the globe.”
In light of circumstances related to COVID-19, we are currently operating with increased precautionary measures in place to meet the shifting needs of the ongoing global pandemic. Throughout this period of quarantine it has been our priority to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our residents, staff, and neighbors, and we continue to work closely with local and international officials to adhere to recommended guidelines. Black Rock remains open with reduced operations in adherence to COVID-19 restrictions, offering a safe place for artists to live and create work during these unprecedented and challenging times.