October 13, 2016, 7pm
Join us for a special evening with visiting Senegalese artist and filmmaker Fatou Kandé Senghor. The evening will include a screening of Senghor’s film The Other in Me (60 minutes), Giving Birth (30 minutes), and a Q&A.
The Other in Me (2011) charts the journey of twin brothers Etienne and Leopold as they live between Senegal and the U.S. Engaging themes of diaspora and belonging, the grandsons of Senegal’s first president, the poet and philosopher Leopold Senghor, this film uses the lens of Negritude to examine how two individuals find their roots.
Giving Birth (2015) follows the creative process of Senegalese sculptor and ceramist Seni Awa Camara. Camara’s lively work was included in the landmark French exhibition Magiciens de la terre (1989) as an example of contemporary art from the non-West. Senghor’s film presents Camara in her own words as an act of taking art history back from the “center” of the art world. Repositioning the oeuvre of Camara, Senghor reasserts the work’s legacy within the history of not only the Global South, but also women’s art-making in Senegal.
A graduate in film studies from the Université Charles de Gaulle Lille III in France, she is the founder of the Waru Studio in Dakar: a platform for artistic research through the use of new technologies. The studio serves as a laboratory for experimentation in art, science and technology, ecology, and the politics of change. Senghor has directed and produced several films and her work has been shown at several festivals, including FESPACO (Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou), the Goethe-Institut (Dakar), and the Venice Biennale.
Organized in collaboration with Joseph L. Underwood, Lecturer of Art History, Skidmore College, with support by Accelerate: Access and Inclusion at the Tang Teaching Museum, a project of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.