El Hadji SyAt first I thought I was dancing16.06. - 16.10.2016
Center for Contemporary Art Warschau
El Hadji Sy, *1954 in Dakar, Senegal,
lives and works in Dakar, Senegal
©Bartosz Górka9 available works
At first I thought I was dancing is the first presentation in Poland of works by El Hadji Sy–Senegalese artist, curator, and activist, who led art communes in Dakar.
Born in 1954 in Dakar, El Sy is one of the key figures of the West African art scene after its independence. The artist himself says that he does not paint, but „enters into the painting.“ Since the 70s, when he began his career, El Sy literally stomps on the canvas. „At first I thought this was dancing. Then I realized that I wasn’t dancing but kicking [the canvas]. After that experience, kicking became an instrument within a general economy of composition. My foot became the brush with which to paint a systematisation of the trace of the body“.Read more