Presented until April 9, 2022 in the premises of LouiSimone Guirandou Gallery, the artists « Alun Be » and « Ndoye Douts » offer « Quietude and Effervescence… », a duo show that immerses us in the history photography of African women and the story of the regions of Dakar that leads to the West African foam.
Under the lens of Alun Be, native of Dakar, and artist with multiple bases. A curious and inventive self-taught artist, whose life and work present themselves as a confident refusal of conformity, disinterest and renunciation. He has a strong tendency towards artistic articulation which led him to concentrate on architecture at the University of Miami where he double majored in architecture and art.
After graduation, he went to Asia and Latin America. Upon his return, this experience pushed him to consolidate his energy for work with his profession as an Architect, but he faced a hitch that suspended his life for a long time.
So reading becomes his main outlet. Through the stories he reads, he ends up coordinating the idea of obligation to his approach to work and reminds us that everything that happens to us in the course of our daily lives radiates on us in a conscious or unconscious way. This observation finally pushed him towards photography as a way to recover his inner wounds by capturing those of others, but also the logical incoherence of his general environment.
Artist N’Doye Douts graduated from the National School of Fine Arts in Dakar in 1999 as valedictorian. The metropolitan issue of Dakar, the Senegalese capital, takes on a global meaning in his works where he paints and subjugates the rambling city in a thick pictorial language that he stretches in all directions.
The Medina, the neighborhood of his childhood, is at the heart of his reflections. It is from this area, which never leaves his brain, that his painting studies and modifies the brilliant trappings of structures, materials and tones, the complementary defilements of design and life, the lines around which the city stretches and drifts in space.
These common spaces that are above all an aggregation of components and colors and, despite the destitution, brings a wonder that comes from human relationships.
N’Doye Douts’ works can be found in various public and private collections, including the World Bank in Washington, D.C., the Blachère Foundation, the Paul Styfhals Foundation, the Lanka Foundation and the Barjola Museum in Spain.