He was a painter, curator and activist. El Hadji Sy brought contemporary African art to Europe long before it became trendy. An exhibition in Germany sheds light on artistic self-determination in post-colonial Africa.


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Art against convention

In the early 1980s, El Hadji Sy used to paint with bare feet. “No. 13 Esprit de l’univers” is one of his works from this period, with which he distanced himself from the Western canon. Instead of using an easel, he spread his canvas out on the ground. Strong colors and sharp contrasts characterize his work…


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