“I think it’s about making, feeling the energy and the need to make new visuals, to recreate the world, to recreate the conversation and extend that into whatever that’s out there.” Modou Dieng Born in 1970, Saint-Louis, Senegal “My work is both a denunciation and a celebration of our lifestyle. Because we live in a postmodern period, we’ve reached a stage in world history and in our own lives in which art must at the same time serve as a tool for serious aesthetic and visual work but also as a frivolous, useless object of contemplation. These two sets of values (useful and useless / serious and frivolous) are not irreconcilable; they interact in a constant dialectic, because they inspire, influence and complement one another. I address these issues through my choice of materials, which are mostly domestic objects. As the critic David Hickey has said, art is cheap but priceless at the same time. Dieng has had solo exhibitions at IFAN Museum in Dakar, Senegal, 2000; at Pascal Polar gallery, Brussels, Belgium, 2003; Université Catholique Museum in Louvainla-Neuve, Belgium, 2003 and Hovercraft productions Gallery in Portland, Oregon, 2006. Dieng has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Africa, Europe, and the United States, including the Biennale Dak’Art ’02, Dakar, Senegal, 2002; Globalization and the African World at Gettysburg College, Pennsylvania, 2003; Art Paris, Carroussel du Louvre, Paris, France, 2003 and Here and There, Casa Encendida Museum, Madrid, Spain, 2005. For a work of Persol he created Charlie

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