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Clémentine Deliss (ed.), Yvette Mutumba (ed.): El Hadji Sy

Clémentine Deliss (ed.), Yvette Mutumba (ed.)

El Hadji Sy
Painting, Performance, Politics

Softcover, 408 pages

Painting, Performance, Politics

»El Hadji Sy: Painting, Performance, Politics« offers the first art-historical survey on the multidimensional work of Senegalese artist, curator, and cultural activist El Hadji Sy (*1954, Dakar). Spanning thirty years of his practice as a painter, performance artist, and founder of numerous artists’ collectives and workshops in Dakar (Laboratoire AGIT’ART, Tenq, Village des Arts), it provides an unprecedented insight into the conceptual and aesthetic framework of a major living artist and curator from West Africa.

With newly commissioned essays and interviews by Hans Belting, Clémentine Deliss, Mamadou Diouf, Julia Grosse, Yvette Mutumba, Philippe Pirotte, and Manon Schwich and unique archival material including manifestos, documents and over four hundred illustrations.


  • contemporary art
  • contemporary art
  • postcolonialism
  • activism
  • Africa
  • art
  • curatorial practice
  • exhibition

»As a founder of the notorious collective Laboratoire AGIT’art, and a curator of numerous artist-led workshops and studio spaces in Dakar, Sy’s interdisciplinary practice represents a ground-breaking position within the context of post-Independence Africa.« Contemporary And

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Clémentine Deliss

Clémentine Deliss

former director of the Weltkulturen Museum, Frankfurt am Main (April 2010–May 2015). She was born in London and studied contemporary art in Vienna and social anthropology in Vienna, Paris and London. Her PhD focused on the relationship between ethnographic collections and the institutional development of the Musée de l’Homme in Paris. From 1992–95, she was the artistic director of Africa 95, a festival of the Royal Academy of Arts. From 1998–99 she was Guest Professor at the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main. Between 2003–10 she ran the long-term research project Future Academy in Edinburgh, Senegal, India, the US, Australia and Japan. As an international art laboratory, it investigated the development of new interdisciplinary models of future arts institutions. Between 1996–2007, she published the artists’ and writers’ organ ›Metronome‹ that was presented twice at documenta in Kassel. From 2015–2016 Deliss was a researcher at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin.

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Yvette Mutumba

Yvette Mutumba

has been the research curator for Africa at the Weltkulturen Museum, Frankfurt am Main since March 2012. Mutumba is furthermore co-initiator of the Online-Magazine Contemporary And (C&). She studied Art History and History at the Freie Universität in Berlin and holds a PhD from Birkbeck, University of London. Her dissertation focussed on questions regarding the representation of art from Africa and the Diaspora in the German context from the 1960s to 2011. She has published numerous texts on issues concerning visual arts from African perspectives. From 2006 to 2012 she has initiated and advised projects in cooperation with institutions such as the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart and the German Foreign Office.