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A Saint in the City



Elimane Fall: <EM>Le Travail</EM>, c. 2002Paper, plastic, glue45 x 30 cm, coll. the artistPhoto: Don ColePhoto courtesy of The Museum of International Folk Art
Elimane Fall: Le Travail, c. 2002
Paper, plastic, glue
45 x 30 cm, coll. the artist
Photo: Don Cole
Photo courtesy of The Museum of International Folk Art
A Saint in the City : Sufi Arts of Urban Senegal
UNITED STATES
SANTA FE. NEW MEXICO  •  The Museum of International Folk Art  •  Ongoing
 

On the crowded streets of Senegal's capital, Dakar, the image of one man can be found nearly everywhere: on the sides of vehicles, gracing the walls of businesses and homes, sanctifying places of prayer, and overlooking the toil of workers. He is saint, poet, and mystic Sheikh Amadou Bamba (1853-1927), the spiritual leader of four million Muslims in Senegal and thousands more around the globe.

Bamba was a Sufi, or Muslim mystic, who resisted French colonial oppression through pacifism. An influential Senegalese Sufi movement called the Mouride Way is grounded in his teachings about the dignity and sanctity of work. Mouridism is one of four Sufi movements in Senegal, and is one of the most distinctive aspects of contemporary Senegalese social life. Sufism is thought of as the mystical core of Islam, and the abundant images of Bamba convey the Saint's blessings to his followers.

This is the first major US exhibition dedicated to Senegal, and the first to introduce audiences to the striking range of twentieth-century Mouride arts. These include numerous portraits of Bamba in many media, large-scale popular murals and signs, intricate glass paintings, healing verses inscribed in stunning calligraphic styles, colorful textiles, and paintings by internationally recognized contemporary artists. Papisto, Moussa Tine,  Chalys Leye and Viy Diba are among the artists whose works are on view.

The musical contributions of Mourides infuse the galleries with sound, including songs by Senegalese world musicians Youssou N'Dour and Cheikh Lo, zikrs (songs of remembrance), women's devotional singing based on lyrics by well-known Mouride female vocalist Fatou Guewel, and Orchestre Baobab.



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Contact: The Museum of International Folk Art
Museum Hill
Camino Lejo off Old Santa Fe Trail
Santa Fe, New Mexico
 
Tel: (1) 505 476 20 00

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