Exhibition

Universalism at Stake
Dialogues with Senghor

26 July – 24 September 2005
Artists: Muhsana Ali, Maria Thereza Alves, Taysir Batniji, Jack Beng-Thi, Jimmie Durham, Marie-Noëlle Boutin, Maxence Denis, Angela Ferreira, Kan-si, Ludovic Linard, Myriam Mihindou, Anri Sala

Universalism at Stake presents work by twelve international contemporary artists, which developed out of a series of residencies in Senegal in 2004, organised by Face à Face, Paris, and curated by Marie-Thérèse Champesme. The installations, drawings, videos and photographs that make up Universalism at Stake are presented in the UK by SPACEX as part of Africa ‘05.

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The overall theme of the project was to respond to the question of ‘universalism’ as set out by the late Léopold Senghor, the distinguished poet and President of Senegalese independence, member of the UN Human Rights Commission and founder of the African Human Rights Charter.

Artists were invited from around the world (Senegal, Gabon, Mozambique, France, Albania, USA, Brazil, Haiti, Palestine, La Réunion) to work together for a period of weeks in Joal-Fadiouth, Senghor’s birthplace and one of the first European trading posts in West Africa.

The result is a series of fascinating reflections upon questions of universalism and intercultural relations, marked by the personal history of each artist and inspired by the reading of Senghor’s texts.

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Universalism Summer School
Art Meets Global Politics
16 – 21 Year olds
August 2005
We ask: do art and politics mix? What is universalism? If you are aged between 16 adn 21 and interested in working with an artist to explore these issues and make some artwork of your own contact the gallery.