Also Known as Africa Art Fair to feature Roger Da Silva’s Photography
Nov 08, 2019

Art is a crucial part of all the development work we do in Senegal.

At Thread, we have hosted numerous artists from around the world who have worked right in the midst of the agricultural, educational, and health programs we operate in Sinthian. We also help support, with the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, art in Senegal in other ways, such as the restoration and display of Roger Da Silva’s photographs of Senegal from the 1950s and 1960s.

These photos, which depict everything from family gatherings to dances to the country’s first post-independence president, Léopold Senghor, will be on display outside of Senegal for the first time this month at the Also Known as Africa Art Fair, held in Paris from November 9 to November 11.

DaSilva was born in Benin and took up photography while enlisted in the French army. He eventually made his home in Dakar, where he documented postcolonial life and the optimism that pervaded the country as it became an independent nation. DaSilva made about 75,000 images during his lifetime, but they had gone missing until his son, Luc, found them in 2008, the year his father died.

Le Korsa and The Albers Foundation have helped to restore 100 of DaSilva’s recovered film negatives, and it is a selection of those images, and the vibrant culture they depict, that will be on display in Paris this weekend. The images will be for sale, with all proceeds going to support our efforts in Senegal.

You can read more in this recent article from CNN.