Inspired by the life of his neighborhood, Colobane, Fally Sene Sow, a Senegalese artist, creates works fixed under glass, typically Senegalese craftsmanship. Paintings under glasses (called « suwer » in Wolof) are a specific art of Senegal. They are of very old origin and the themes have gradually evolved. These often naive paintings tell both the story and the life of every day. Through its use of urban motifs and an assortment of found objects, Sow’s complex multimedia collages provide a modern interpretation of Senegalese sub-glass art.
Fally observes, photographs, then cuts, crumples, recomposes all kinds of materials, glues them and puts them back on a glass stand. He recreates the atmosphere of the neighborhood where he was born and raised. Her work does not claim the representation of an exact reality, but it works to make feel the feeling proper to the artist on his environment. It visually tells the stories of his environment, in which we recognize streets, shops, buildings … It is thus an entire atmosphere that he shares with us: the chaotic life of a lively neighborhood where the elements are transformed, created, destroyed. The spatial and visual anarchy – the feeling that everything that is mobile, whether people or vehicles, find their own logic and at their own pace – dominate his scenes.
Fally Sene Sow uses a plunging angle for his representations and uses various materials that he sticks, such as magazine photos, newspaper articles, sand, fabric, wire, metal, plants between which he creates links of a few brushstrokes . He shares this sense – and probably also this economic obligation – of recycling with other African artists. But the use of this material picked up here and there in this same district of Colobane adds an additional symbolism to his works thus carrying real pieces of life. Sow evokes the market’s relationship with the neighborhood, just as he evokes the great imagination around this particular market in Dakar.
Fally Sene Sow goes to just outside, look, take her notebook and write a story by taking a picture of this story. These images speak of how market spaces are swarmed with problems of access, proximity and location. Colobane has become the city’s largest flea market for clothing, books, electronics and a plethora of other new and used items. The tons of used western clothing that goes to Colobane each year have created a sector that employs more than 24,000 people in sorting, washing, repairing, trading and distributing second-hand clothing and accessories. hand.
Since some works, Fally Sene Sow has decided to give body to these images. By creating them under glass, he gave them a soul. Today, he wants to give them life.