Galerie Barbara Thumm
Upcoming exhibition: El Hadji Sy- Silhouettes Critiques / Opening 29.04.2022 from 6-9pm /

\El Hadji SySilhouettes Critiques30.04. - 30.07.2022

El Hadji Sy, *1954 in Dakar, Senegal,
lives and works in Dakar, Senegal

Photos © Jens Ziehe

Press release

Pressemitteilung

It is our great pleasure and honour to present the first solo exhibition entitled „Silhouettes Critiques“ by El Hadji Sy at the gallery in Berlin.

A supporting program and presentations in dialogue with the exhibition will take place in the gallery’s showroom in July. The details will be announced in the course of the exhibition. A performance by El Hadji Sy is planned for July. A publication on the occasion of the exhibition will be published by Distanz Verlag.

„El Hadji Sy (born in 1954 in Dakar) is an icon in the history of visual arts in Senegal. After more than fifty years of career, he is a witness to a colonised society in-transition, an important voice in the development of a new modernity. As a painter, a cultural activist and the first black curator to collaborate with a western institution in the 1980s, his social commitment and collective initiatives always aimed at an artistic autonomy“. (Jennifer Houdrouge, Selebe Yoon)

El Hadji Sy´s oeuvre is interdisciplinary, but he is also first and foremost a painter. He studied at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Dakar. As an antithesis to the Negritude philosophy of Senghor and the Dakar School, El Hadji Sy developed his performative painting style. By painting with his feet, El Hadji Sy acted against received art history as if against an authoritarian father. Trampling on a canvas, inflicting thumps with naked feet on an often abstract composition of colors, became a gesture of anarchy, both against a Western painting tradition as against the invented ‘Africanness.’ Since the mid-1980s, he has used jute rice sacks as a painting surface, on which he paints with various media such as oil, acrylic, tar and wax. The paintings hang on the ceiling, on the floor and on the wall.

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Galerie Barbara Thumm \ El Hadji Sy – Silhouettes Critiques
Galerie Barbara Thumm \ El Hadji Sy – Silhouettes Critiques
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Selected Works

Highlights
Mixed Media
Paintings
Sculptures and Installations
Galerie Barbara Thumm \ El Hadji Sy – Silhouettes Critiques \ Le pretesse (2021)

El Hadji Sy

Le pretesse (2021)
Mixed media, acryl on canvas
framed 74 x 59 x 3,5 cm
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Galerie Barbara Thumm \ El Hadji Sy – Silhouettes Critiques \ Femme Casamancaise (2021)

El Hadji Sy

Femme Casamancaise (2021)
Mixed Media, Wood, rope, acrylic paint
235 x 53 x 15 cm
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Galerie Barbara Thumm \ El Hadji Sy – Silhouettes Critiques \ Doigt de Pianiste (Pianist FInger) (2021)

El Hadji Sy

Doigt de Pianiste (Pianist FInger) (2021)
Mixed Media, Wood, rope, acrylic paint
265 x 35 x 15 cm
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Galerie Barbara Thumm \ El Hadji Sy – Silhouettes Critiques \ Le Cheval de Ndagane (2021)

El Hadji Sy

Le Cheval de Ndagane (2021)
Mixed Media, Wood, rope, acrylic paint
227 x 63 x 15 cm
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Galerie Barbara Thumm \ El Hadji Sy – Silhouettes Critiques \ Les Nubians (2017)

El Hadji Sy

Les Nubians (2017)
Mixed media: acrylic, oil and tar
200 x 160 cm
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Galerie Barbara Thumm \ El Hadji Sy – Silhouettes Critiques \ C14 C29 C19, 2021 (2021)

El Hadji Sy

C14 C29 C19, 2021 (2021)
Acrylic and tar on galvanized steel
65 x 50 cm
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Galerie Barbara Thumm \ El Hadji Sy – Silhouettes Critiques \ Untitled (2020)

El Hadji Sy

Untitled (2020)
Tar on galvanized steel
50 x 70 cm
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Galerie Barbara Thumm \ El Hadji Sy – Silhouettes Critiques \ Untitled (2021)

El Hadji Sy

Untitled (2021)
Acrylic and tar on galvanized steel
50 x 70 cm
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Galerie Barbara Thumm \ El Hadji Sy – Silhouettes Critiques \ Untitled (2020)

El Hadji Sy

Untitled (2020)
Tar on galvanized steel
50 x 70 cm
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Galerie Barbara Thumm \ El Hadji Sy – Silhouettes Critiques \ Untitled (2020)

El Hadji Sy

Untitled (2020)
Tar on galvanized steel
50 x 70 cm
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Galerie Barbara Thumm \ El Hadji Sy – Silhouettes Critiques \ Untitled (2020)

El Hadji Sy

Untitled (2020)
Acrylic and tar on galvanized steel
70 x 50 cm
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Galerie Barbara Thumm \ El Hadji Sy – Silhouettes Critiques \ Untitled (2021)

El Hadji Sy

Untitled (2021)
Acrylic on wood
Two parts
Left: 209x76x4 cm Right: 210x75x4 cm
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Galerie Barbara Thumm \ El Hadji Sy – Silhouettes Critiques \ Untitled, ed (2021)

El Hadji Sy

Untitled, ed (2021)
Acrylic on wood
Two parts
Left: 209x77x3,5 cm/ Right: 210x75x3,5 cm
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Galerie Barbara Thumm \ El Hadji Sy – Silhouettes Critiques \ Le Regardeur (2020)

El Hadji Sy

Le Regardeur (2020)
Mixed Media: acrylic, oil and tar on canvas
Diptych
225 x 184 cm
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Galerie Barbara Thumm \ El Hadji Sy – Silhouettes Critiques \ Untitled, 2022 (2022)

El Hadji Sy

Untitled, 2022 (2022)
Mixed media: wood, lacquer, acrylic, fishnet on glas
206 x 77,5 x 41 cm
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Galerie Barbara Thumm \ El Hadji Sy – Silhouettes Critiques \ Untitled, 2019 (2019)

El Hadji Sy

Untitled, 2019 (2019)
Acrylic on wood
400 x 200 x 30 cm
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Galerie Barbara Thumm \ El Hadji Sy – Silhouettes Critiques \ Untitled, 2022 (2022)

El Hadji Sy

Untitled, 2022 (2022)
acrylic on jute
left: 85 x 72,5 x 3,5 right: 85 x 68 x 3,5 cm
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Galerie Barbara Thumm \ El Hadji Sy – Silhouettes Critiques \ Untitled, 2021 (2021)

Untitled, 2021 (2021)
Acrylic on jute
51 x 51 x 3,5 cm
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Galerie Barbara Thumm \ El Hadji Sy – Silhouettes Critiques \ Untitled (2021)

El Hadji Sy

Untitled (2021)
2021
Acrylic on jute
52 x 51 x 3,5 cm
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