Cheikh Ndiaye: Hippocampus

First monograph, spanning ten years of work by Senegalese artist Cheikh Ndiaye. This volume focuses more specifically on his installation practice. It includes the artist's installations realized in the public space of West African cities and the installation Hippocampus presented during a solo show at the La Maréchalerie Contemporary Art Center in Versailles and an article on Ndiaye's work by the prominent African historian Mamadou Diouf. Cheikh Ndiaye is particularly interested in architecture and urbanism. Composed of paintings, photography, and installations, his body of work is guided by a singular gaze to the informal economies of African metropolis. Retrieved from a lethal state, obsolete objects are brought back to life. The objects return to their material plenitude and are project into a renewed imaginary.

(The monograph of Cheikh Ndiaye's paintings is previewed for publication at Suture Press in 2020).
Cheikh Ndiaye's website

116 pages
17,5 x 24,5 cm
bilingual (english, french)
Interview with Valérie Knochel Abecassis
Text by Mamadou Diouf
Graphic design: Kolektiv studio / Lukáš Kijonka
Édition la Maréchalerie/ENSA-V, Versailles and Suture Press, Lyon
ISBN: 978-2-918512-12-7
22 euro

Hippocampus, La Maréchalerie Contemporary Art Center

Cheikh Ndiaye is an artist born in Dakar, Senegal, and living between Lyon, New York, and Dakar. Cheikh Ndiaye graduated from École Nationale des Beaux-arts de Dakar and the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Lyon, France. Ndiaye has shown his work internationally at Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; Gagosian Park & 75, New York; Almine Rech, Paris, the 56th Venice Biennale All the World's Futures, 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; Jason Haam Gallery, Seoul, South Korea, and Half Gallery, New York, 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.

Mamadou Diouf is the Leitner Family Professor of African Studies, the Director of Institute for African Studies, and a professor of Western African history at Columbia University. His research interests include the urban, political, social, and intellectual history of colonial and postcolonial Africa. His most recent books are Tolerance, Democracy, and Sufis in Senegal (2013), New Perspectives on Islam in Senegal. Conversion, Migration, Wealth, and Power (2009) , written with Mara A. Leichtman, La Construction de l’Etat au Sénégal, written with M. C. Diop & D. Cruise O’Brien (2002) and Histoire du Sénégal: Le modèle islamo-wolof et ses périphéries (2001).