Place: Senegal

Ker Thiossane

Place: Senegal

Focus: Multimedia, Exhibitions, Video, Masterclasses, Artist Studios, Archives, Research, Knowledge, Public Art, Critique, Residencies, Seminars

In Wolof, “Ker” means home and “Thiossane” represents traditional Senegalese culture. Kër Thiossane is primarily a family place dedicated to art, culture, exchanges and meetings between tradition and modernity, between different cultures. Since opening in 2002, Ker Thiossane has hosted artists and other citizens players from around the globe for projects or stays longer or shorter. All these projects have proven to be unique and enriching for all artistic and human experiences, guest artists, local artists and associated team members space.

Le Thread

Place: Senegal

Focus: Residencies, Exhibitions, Programs, Workshops, Education, Research, Knowledge, Critique, Talks and Discussions, Local, Agriculture, Sustainable art

Thread is a socio-cultural center with a residency program to allow local and international artists to live and work in Sinthian, a rural village in Tambacounda, the southeastern region of Senegal. It houses two artists’ dwellings, as well as ample indoor and outdoor studio space. Thread is a flexible and evolving public space — venues for celebrations, classes in language and health, and performances and village meetings are just a few of the ways the local population has taken over programming of the new community center. The mission of Thread is twofold: to allow artists access to the raw materials of inspiration found in this rarely-visited area of the world; and to use art as a means of developing linkages between rural Senegal and other parts of the globe.

Raw Material

Place: Senegal

Focus: Exhibitions, Video, Workshops, Public Art, Publishing, Biennales and Festivals, Talks and Discussions, Art and Technology, Knowledge, Multimedia, Art Fairs, Creatives, Visual Communication, Creative Agency, Photography Studio

RAW MATERIAL COMPANY is a center for art, knowledge and society. It is an initiative that unfolds within the realms of exhibition making, commissioning, knowledge sharing, and archiving of theory and criticism. It works to forster appreciation and growth of artistic and intellectual creativity in Africa. The underlying rationale of its program is the firm belief in visual arts as a potent tool capable of shifting perspectives, and ignite engagement for art practice as a viable path for social and political transformation.