Dakar, b.1970

Cheikh Ndiaye

Through the visual interpretations of anthropology and architecture, Cheikh Ndiaye (b. 1970) alludes to the socio-political history of Urbanism in Senegal in the context of rapid economic development— the era of post-independence. This detail-oriented documentation of Ndiaye’s body of work bears witness to the constant physical and political changes that the artist experiences and observes.

The archival nature of Ndiaye’s work acts as a record of the cultural changes in African modernity mirrored through architectural form. The municipal planning in Dakar, which failed to harbor the overwhelming number of inhabitants post-independence, led to the abandonment of communal spaces. While no longer serving their intended purposes, these otherwise functioning spaces act as specular devices of current affairs. This portrayal of abstracted forms within figuration through bright and vibrant colors reflects the...

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Biography

Through the visual interpretations of anthropology and architecture, Cheikh Ndiaye (b. 1970) alludes to the socio-political history of Urbanism in Senegal in the context of rapid economic development— the era of post-independence. This detail-oriented documentation of Ndiaye’s body of work bears witness to the constant physical and political changes that the artist experiences and observes.

The archival nature of Ndiaye’s work acts as a record of the cultural changes in African modernity mirrored through architectural form. The municipal planning in Dakar, which failed to harbor the overwhelming number of inhabitants post-independence, led to the abandonment of communal spaces. While no longer serving their intended purposes, these otherwise functioning spaces act as specular devices of current affairs. This portrayal of abstracted forms within figuration through bright and vibrant colors reflects the duality of urban space as both private and public. Disparity between visual subject and emotive content adds multifaceted layers to the paintings, veiling a sense of sombre uncertainty.

Branching out from a two-dimensional approach, Ndiaye works across various mediums including installation, film, and photography as a form of enquiry. By subverting the gallery space with dispossessed objects, he introduces the concept of ‘defamiliarization’ in an attempt to redefine the functionality of architecture within Africa. The transformation of surrounding spaces is achieved through the exertions of independency of familiar objects placed in a different context. Familiar objects, which inhibit independent agency, are placed in a different context as a way of transforming the surrounding spaces—objects with an agenda of their own are mobilized to define the societal commentary.

Born in Dakar, Senegal, Cheikh Ndiaye graduated from École Nationale des Beaux-arts de Dakar and École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Lyon, France. Ndiaye has shown his work internationally at Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; Fondation Blachère, Apt, France; and Dak’Art Biennale, Dakar, Senegal. He has held solo exhibitions at La Maréchalerie Centre d'Art Contemporain, Versailles, France; Musée Africain de Lyon, Lyon, France; and more. His works are included in the permanent collections of Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; Centre National des Arts Plastiques (CNAP), Paris, France, FRAC Grand Large, Dunkerque, France; Frac des Pays de la Loire, Carquefou, France, and KADIST Art Foundation, Paris, France.

Cheikh Ndiaye was the recipient of the Marin Prize for Painting in Paris, France in 2013, the Natulis Art Temporary Prize in Berlin, Germany in 2012 and the Linossier Prize in France in 2008. In 2019, his installation Hippocampus – first realized at La Maréchalerie – was selected for the Havana Biennale, and his installation Blancheur rigide dérisoire en opposition au ciel was selected for the 56th International Exhibition of the Venice Biennale in 2015. Most recently, Ndiaye's work was included in Sanguine. Luc Tuymans on Baroque at Fondazione Prada in Milan, Italy.

Cheikh Ndiaye currently lives and works in Dakar, Senegal and New York, NY.

Artworks

7

Cinéma ABC, Kaolack, Sénégal, 2019

Related Categories

21st Century Art / African Art / Art of the 2010s / Balanced Composition / Canvas / Colonial/Post-colonial Issues / Contemporary African Art / Contemporary Senegalese Art / Daily Life Experience / Individual and Society / Inspired by National History / Linen / Oil on Canvas / Oil on Linen / Oil Paint / Oil Painting / Painting / Post-independent West Africa / Scenes of Everyday Life / Senegal / Senegalese Art / Short and Quick Brushstrokes / Smooth and Flat Surface / Socio-political Issues / Surrounding Environment / Urban Landscape / West Africa

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • 2008

    École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-arts de Lyon, Lyon, France

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Jason Haam, Seoul, Korea

  • Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Dakar, Senegal

  • 2017

    La Maréchalerie Contemporary Art Center, Versailles, France

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Almine Rech, Chorus, Paris, France

  • Gagosian, Domestic Horror, New York, New York, USA

  • Havana 13th International Biennale, Havana, Cuba

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Education

  • 2008

    École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-arts de Lyon, Lyon, France

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Jason Haam, Seoul, Korea

  • Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Dakar, Senegal

  • 2017

    La Maréchalerie Contemporary Art Center, Versailles, France

  • 2016

    Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

  • Ker Thiossane, Dak’Art 12th International Biennale, Dakar, Senegal

  • 2013

    Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

  • 2012

    African Museum in Lyon, Lyon, France

  • 2009

    Tortor Gallery, Lyon, France

  • 2000

    Lyon 1st District Municipal Hall, Lyon, France

  • Galerie Casa Manca, Lyon, France

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Almine Rech, Chorus, Paris, France

  • Gagosian, Domestic Horror, New York, New York, USA

  • Havana 13th International Biennale, Havana, Cuba

  • 2018

    Fondazione Prada, Sanguine. Luc Tuymans on Baroque, Milan, Italy

  • Dak’Art 13th International Biennale, Brise-soleil des Indépendances, Dakar, Senegal

  • 2016

    Centre Pompidou, Cher(e)s ami(e)s, hommage aux donateurs des collections, Paris, France

  • Fondation Blachère, Qu’il est loin mon pays, Apt, France

  • 2015

    Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Présences, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

  • French Institute in Dakar, La galerie le Manège fête ses 10 ans, Dakar, Senegal

  • Venice Biennale, All the World’s Futures: the 56th International Art Exhibition, Venice, Italy

  • 2014

    Continua Gallery, Sphères 7, Les Moulins, France

  • Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

  • Total Foundation, Dak’Art 11th International Biennale OFF Group Show, Dakar, Senegal

  • Geneva Center of Photography, Against the Grain: photography in the opposite direction, Geneva, Switzerland

  • 2012

    Dak’Art 10th International Biennale, Dakar, Senegal

  • Piano Nobile, Sociology, Anthropology, Geography, History: How Broad is the Cognitive Field, Geneva, Switzerland

  • 2010

    Galerie Le Manège, Extramuros et Inhabitus, Dakar, Senegal

  • Dak’Art 9th International Biennale OFF, Going Places, Dakar, Senegal

  • 2009

    Hôtel Dieu, Tonnerre, France

  • Hôtel Dieu, Lyon, France

  • 2008

    Galerie WM, Lyon, France

  • La Halle Art Center, Guis Guissat, Pont en Royans, France

  • Worksound Gallery, Reverse Reality, Portland, Oregon, USA

  • Club Portland, B lazers Boys and Girls, Portland, Oregon, USA

  • 2002

    ARSEC, Installation Countryside, Lyon, France

  • Aéroport Saint Exupéry, Lyon, France

  • Galerie Esperanza, Gand, Belgium

  • 2001

    Nouveau Palais de Justice, Lyon, France

  • Galerie Epices et Arts, Lyon, France

  • 9080 Lochristi, Slagmanstraat 50, Gand, Belgium

  • 2000

    IFAN Museum of African Arts, Urban Steps, Dakar, Senegal

  • Jean Poperen Space, Culture and Culture Mixes, Meyzieu, France

  • Dak’Art International Art Biennale OFF, Extra-Muros, Dakar, Senegal

Grants/Awards

  • 2013

    Marin Prize for Painting, Paris, France

  • 2012

    Natulis Art Temporary Prize, Berlin, Germany

  • Artist in Residence, Garage Art, Berlin, Germany

  • 2008

    Linossier Prize, Lyon, France

Collections

  • Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

  • Centre National des Arts Plastiques (CNAP), Paris, France

  • Frac des Pays de la Loire, Carquefou, France

  • Fondation Blachère, Apt, France

  • FRAC Grand Large, Dunkerque, France

  • KADIST Art Foundation, Paris, France

Bibliography

  • 2017

    Cheikh Ndiaye. Suture Press, “Cheikh Ndiaye: Hippocampus”