**This event will take place in English**
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Join us to kick off this edition of the Festival des Cinq Continents with the opening of Momar Seck's first solo show in NYC: "United Colors of Africa: Environments." The artist will be in conversation with Rosalind Fredericks, Associate Professor of Geography and Development Studies at Gallatin (NYU).
The exhibition will be on view from April 17th to 21st at La Maison Française.
"In my works, the notions of social unity, the bonding of human communities, the overcoming of material conditions and the reorientation of visions of the world return like "leitmotivs". Color, even if I do not theorize it, opens up new possibilities, new organizations of space thanks to the tropical sun of Senegal. What is discarded in the form of waste, even rejected, comes to transform our gaze. An object of everyday consumption, even when it arrives at an advanced state of deterioration, allows me to open another world, relegating instinctive consumerism and the poverty of the initial materials to the background.
In my pictorial practice, I associate textiles bearing African signs and symbols with accessories and materials found elsewhere, for example in Switzerland (paintings, pastels, etc.) as a modality of union between the two poles of my life, Africa. and Europe. My concerns in visual arts go hand in hand with my convictions and my social vision. Thus the recovery of textiles, which has its own history according to the society from which it comes, makes it possible to establish a dialogue between peoples and cultures. The pieces of fabric glued to each other express the desire for self-change and exchanges with others, the desire for union and cohesion.
My work reflects a rooting in the essential values of Africa. In front of these heterogeneous objects, I see a moment of escape where we are transported into a world of fraternity. Order and disorder, rigor and spontaneity, dream and reality, place the works in a permanent evolution." - Momar Seck