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Following the fashion show of the CHANEL Métiers d’art 2022/23 collection, presented on 6 December 2022 in Dakar, Senegal, le19M is taking a new step by launching its first international programme there. While the influence of Dakaris recognized on the international cultural and creative scene, the entire country of Senegal is replete with artisanal expertise, a heritage to which le19M is particularly sensitive. Thus, from Thursday 12 January 2023 and for several months, le19M is setting up an off-site gallery in Dakar with the help of the Institut fondamental d’Afrique noire (IFAN) on the site of the Musée Théodore-Monod d’art africain.

Free and open to all, la Galerie du 19M Dakar celebrates the richness and diversity of embroidery and weaving crafts. Entitled Sur le fil (On the thread), its programme is woven from the thread of a story that combines these two crafts with other artistic disciplines such as painting, photography, or installation, showcasing the creative wealth of Senegal and the humanistic values of its arts and crafts. Betweencontemporary creation and traditional savoir-faire, it consists of a collective exhibition, a programme of talks, events, and participative workshops.

In the exhibition, works and installations across different media, created by numerous contemporary artists working with textiles —some of them in collaboration with le19M’s Maisons d’art— are presented in dialogue with heritage pieces from the collections of the Musée Théodore-Monod d’art africain. Alongside these exhibits, dozens of craftsmen are producing new works in situ, before the audience, and leading participatory workshops led by guest artists in residence.

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