Sabrina Moura

Theme: New Cities – New Locations

Between “rootedness and openness”: the Dakar School of visual arts and the modern project for post-independence Senegal

In the 1960s, Senegal played the role of cultural exponent in the African continent, while seeking to build its modernity under the sign of négritude, as idealized by the président-poète Léopold Sédar Senghor. By taking the field of arts and culture as a driving force behind Senegal’s national project, Senghor fostered an infrastructure consisting of museums, theaters and schools, including the École des Arts du Senegal, also known as the Dakar School. With a vision of modernity that sought to be “authentically African” and “universally resonant”, its pedagogical project echoed the Senghorian dialectic of “rootedness and openness” (enracinement et ouverture).

Sabrina Moura is a PhD Candidate (CNPq Fellow) at the History Department at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP, Brazil) and Assistant Professor at the Arts Institute of the University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS). She edited the book Southern Panoramas: Perspectives for other geographies of thought (Ed. SESC) and her writings have been published in journals such as Stedelijk Studies, Periodico Permanente, Arhitetura1902, and many others.