Kehinde Wiley Curates “Self-Addressed,” an Exhibition of Contemporary African Artists

Black Rock Senegal and Jeffrey Deitch team up for “Self-Addressed.”

WRITER: MISS ROSEN PHOTOGRAPHER: WHEST CORNELL
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“How do we create images in a world where there’s an eternal return and eternal sense of transformation?” Kehinde Wiley asked writer Vinson Cunningham during the 2018 edition of the New Yorker Festival. “That image is different for each person. New commentary is layered on. So, as opposed to running from that, I think as an artist in the 21st century your job is to fold that understanding into your intentions, using it really as another color on your palette.”

Wiley brings that same sensibility to his work as founder of Black Rock Senegal, a residency dedicated to fostering connections across the diaspora by creating a shared space for artists to showcase the unique creativity within each diverse African community. Since 2019, Black Rock Senegal has provided artist residencies for one to three months at Wiley’s compound on the coast of Dakar, designed by Senegalese architect Abib Djenne.

“I’ve been able to engage with Africa from a lived perspective, much more than a tele-visual or perceived-media perspective,” Wiley says. “Africa is a continent that exists in many different temperatures, Senegal being just one of the many faces of Africa. It’s been an honor to be able to engage a very unique and constantly changing aspect of the African creative environment.” 

Photo: Courtesy of Jeffrey Deitch Gallery
Photo: Courtesy of Jeffrey Deitch Gallery
Photo: Courtesy of Jeffrey Deitch Gallery
Photo: Courtesy of Jeffrey Deitch Gallery
Photo: Courtesy of Jeffrey Deitch Gallery
Photo: Courtesy of Jeffrey Deitch Gallery