The Supreme Exodus Laboratoire AGIT’art Dakar / by Antonio Jose Guzman

In Dakar, Senegal with Atelier GF Workstation: Producing costumes, investigating West African textiles and research on the legendary Dakar Laboratoire AGIT’art, for our performance at the Havana Biennial 2019.

LABORATOIRE AGIT’ART - founded in Dakar in 1974, was a revolutionary and subversive art collective that sought to combine traditional African performance and creativity with a modern aesthetic. Established by the artist Issa Samb, the filmmaker Djibril Diop Mambéty, painter El Hadji Sy and the playwright Youssoupha Dione, Laboratoire Agit’Art started an interdisciplinary collective, devising street performances, improvisational happenings, installations and workshops. Although diverse in their practice, they were united in critiquing and challenging the prevailing négritude philosophy in Senegal.

Their outlook was political, and community focused, publishing manifestos and creating installations out of street detritus that raised issues about African contemporary society. Today Laboratoire Agit’Art are considered to be one of the most influential African art collectives of the twentieth century.

The Supreme Exodus: Masquerades - Négritude Movement - Laboratoire Agit-Art - Afro Latin American Art.

Dakar Team: Iva Jankovic, Samba Thiam, Ibou Sane.

With the generous support of Mondriaan Fonds

Photos by Ibou Havas