Tracing Cheikh Anta Diop

Vanessa Van Obberghen


Photography, 150 x 100 cm.
Materials: digital print on aluminium foil mounted on dibond

Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp / Donation Friends of M HKA (Inv. no. S0494).

In her research into Cheikh Anta Diop, one of the founders of Pan-Africanism, Vanessa Van Obberghen puts the emphasis on the various roles he fulfilled: scientist, philosopher, anthropologist, linguist and politician. With Tracing Cheikh Anta Diop, the artist translates her own personal vision of this documentary history into an image. Inspired by Cheikh Anta Diop's fascination for genetics and DNA, she uses an Asiatic model to address stereotypical thinking with regards to Africa's post-colonial history.

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