The 1992 Biennale was the first edition of DAK’ART, from then on devoted to contemporary visual arts. The Biennale of 1992 still didn’t give priority to African artists, but was, instead, focused on encouraging the sharing of experiences, approaches and dialogues between artists and professionals from various areas, contributing to the reflection on contemporary art as well as promoting African artists.
Based on the evaluation of DAK’ART 1992, and strengthened by the will expressed by the Senegalese government, the Dakar Biennale decided to focus on African contemporary art from 1996 onwards.
Dak'Art has the objectives of: Supporting and encouraging creativity, promotion, diffusion, artistic training and art education in Africa; promoting the African artists internationally; encouraging the integration of the contemporary African Art into the international Art market, and contributing to the development of art criticism in Africa and publications on art and contemporary African artists.
The 11th Biennale of Contemporary African Art, Dak’art will be held from May 09 to June 08, 2014 in Dakar, Senegal and will welcome many artists and visual arts professionals of Africa and the world. Dak’art is the major biennale of contemporary art in Africa.
In its maturation phase, Dak’Art is no doubt a relevant cultural proposal for the African Union. The history of the Biennale of Contemporary Art is the natural extension of a sum of reflections and actions carried out by intellectuals and culture experts from Africa and the diaspora who have very early been aware of the role culture plays faced with the varied challenges met at various stages in our societies’ progress towards a better life.
The Biennale of contemporary African art in Dakar is the only event of note on the continent to consecrate its selection in particular to living artists in and outside the continent.
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