Alun Be

Born in Dakar, in 1981 , Alun Be lives and works between Senegal, France and the United States. Self-taught artist, he also holds a degree in architecture from the San Francisco Academy of Art. It was in 2015 that he exhibited his first series "Empowering Women" which, after a stint at the Milan World Fair, had been shown at the Dakar Biennale. Although his field of investigation is multiple, his artistic expression constantly evolves through projects focused on the human condition. His captivating images are distinguished by their depths and contrasting expressions. His work has been shown all around the world, was recently presented at the Musée du Quai Branly and is part of the private collection of the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago (MOCP).


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Edification - AfriKIKK

Now a feature of contemporary life world-wide, digital technology is intimately linked with the future of humanity. In Alun Be’s Edification series, he imagines a world perceived exclusively through screens and articulated from an African perspective. Examining technology’s profound impact on society, particularly for youth, Edification depicts pivotal moments of one’s life in the struggle to reach individual potential while balancing what is collective, taught, and inherited—experiences we all have despite gender, geography, or cultural background. Arranged chronologically, each image features a young protagonist wearing virtual reality goggles while engaging with visualizations of traditions specific to an African experience, yet recognizable to us all: the importance of play, elders and wisdom, the spirituality of place, the intentional communities we build through friendship, absolution. The nine themes crescendo through these moments, crystallizing narratives of personhood and respect for a past that will inform our place in the future. Be is here opening up a narrative about the impact of technology on society and cultural heritage, and how it mediates—and probably distorts—our reality. Our future is indeed in the hands of the youth and these young faces are increasingly more and more tied to media and technology. This sentiment is both hopeful about the promise of technological advances, while cautionary about its potential devastating effects. - Amanda M. Maples, Ph.D 

This artist is part of the AFRIKIKK partnership between Belgium and Senegal (with KIKK Festival, Kër Thiossane and the curator Delphine Buysse) thanks to the support of Wallonie-Bruxelles International - Bureau International de la Jeunesse & Africalia


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