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Seyni Awa Camara

Born c. 1945, Bignona, Senegal
Lives and works in Bignona, Senegal



Seni Awa Camara’s outlook on life is based on revealed truths, on timeless stories, on the world of human beings and the objects that surround them, and on her status as a Ouolof woman with an obligation to unite past and present. She was raised by her mother, who was also a potter, and who taught her sculpture when she was still a child. She had two twin brothers, and all three retreated into the forests of Casamançe to obey a mysterious and divine initiation. “We were sheltered by God’s spirits, who taught us to work with clay.” Camara models clay and gives shape to stories, events, and feelings that have been dreamt, revealed, or created from fantasy. She has gathered a substantial number of her sculptures in her home which could be described as a “theater without a stage,” full of objects and human figures placed according to size—ranging from examples less than twelve inches high to those which tower at eight feet. For Camara, her figures represent the world as she sees it, with people that are, good, bad, beautiful, or ugly. All these creatures are modeled in the yard in front of her house, and fired in an open-hearth kiln.

She explains the distorted faces of her creations as a response to our indifference to our ancestors. Or when forty small monsters are clinging to a pregnant mother, it’s because we’re all fleeing from something! Before unveiling her “secrets,” she locks herself in with her talisman (an ox-horn) and everything becomes possible. Regarding art, she answers: “I am thinking, I have an idea, I am working.”

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PUBLICATIONS

Lumières africaines. L'élan contemporain

Joël Andrianomearisoa,

Pierre Bodo,

Filipe Branquinho,

Seyni Awa Camara

Mama Casset,

Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Omar Victor Diop,

John Goba,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Kiripi Katembo,

Seydou Keïta,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

JP Mika,

Moke,

J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere,

Gérard Quenum,

Amadou Sanogo,

Malick Sidibé,

Lumières africaines. L'élan contemporain

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Author : André Magnin & Mehdi Qotbi
Editor : Langages du sud
2017
Les Initiés, un choix d'oeuvres (1989-2009) de la collection d'art contemporain africain de J. Pigozzi

Frédéric Bruly Bouabré,

Seyni Awa Camara

Chéri Samba,

Calixte Dakpogan,

John Goba,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Seydou Keïta,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Abu Bakarr Mansaray,

Moke,

Rigobert Nimi Mayuba,

J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere,

Malick Sidibé,

Les Initiés, un choix d'oeuvres (1989-2009) de la collection d'art contemporain africain de J. Pigozzi

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Author : Suzanne Pagé, André Magnin, Angeline Scherf, Ludovic Delalande
Editor : Fondation Louis Vuitton, Dilecta
2017

PRESS


Frédéric Bruly Bouabré,

Seyni Awa Camara,

Calixte Dakpogan,

John Goba,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Seydou Keïta,

Bodys Isek Kingelez


Les Initiés - Un choix d'oeuvres de la collection d'art africain de Jean Pigozzi (1989-2009)

Télérama
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30.06.2017
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Seyni Awa Camara


Arts plastiques : Seyni Awa Camara, la "potière de Casamance"

Jeune Afrique

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By Sabrina Daniel-Calonne

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23.06.2017
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Frédéric Bruly Bouabré,

Seyni Awa Camara,

Chéri Samba,

Calixte Dakpogan,

John Goba,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Seydou Keïta,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Abu Bakarr Mansaray,

Moke,

Rigobert Nimi Mayuba,

J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere,

Malick Sidibé


Les 15 meilleurs catalogues d'expositions de Paris

Evous

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By André Balbo

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05.06.2017
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Seyni Awa Camara,

Chéri Samba,

Calixte Dakpogan,

John Goba,

Seydou Keïta,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Moke,

Rigobert Nimi Mayuba,

Malick Sidibé


Art/Africa: le nouvel atelier

Damn Magazine

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By Anna Sansom

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01.06.2017
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Frédéric Bruly Bouabré,

Seyni Awa Camara,

Chéri Samba,

Calixte Dakpogan,

John Goba,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Seydou Keïta,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Abu Bakarr Mansaray,

Moke,

Rigobert Nimi Mayuba,

J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere,

Malick Sidibé


Les Initiés vous attendent à la Fondation Vuitton

Syma News

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By Florence Yeremian

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26.05.2017
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Frédéric Bruly Bouabré,

Seyni Awa Camara,

Chéri Samba,

Calixte Dakpogan,

John Goba,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Seydou Keïta,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Abu Bakarr Mansaray,

Moke,

Rigobert Nimi Mayuba,

J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere,

Malick Sidibé


Exposition Art Afrique. Le nouvel atelier, à la Fondation Vuitton

Evous

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By André Balbo

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20.05.2017
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Seyni Awa Camara,

Chéri Samba,

Calixte Dakpogan,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Seydou Keïta,

Moke,

Rigobert Nimi Mayuba,

J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere,

Malick Sidibé


L'Afrique en grand dans une triple exposition à la Fondation Louis Vuitton

Culturebox

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By Valérie Oddos

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19.05.2017
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Frédéric Bruly Bouabré,

Seyni Awa Camara,

Chéri Samba,

Calixte Dakpogan,

John Goba,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Seydou Keïta,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Abu Bakarr Mansaray,

Moke,

J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere,

Malick Sidibé


L'incontournable collection Pigozzi, Portfolio

Le Monde Hors-série. Le printemps africain. Art/Afrique, le nouvel atelier à la Fondation LV

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By Suzanne Pagé

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01.05.2017
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Frédéric Bruly Bouabré,

Seyni Awa Camara,

Chéri Samba,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Abu Bakarr Mansaray,

Malick Sidibé


Singularité et universalité de l'art africain

Le Monde

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By Philippe Dagen

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28.04.2017
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Frédéric Bruly Bouabré,

Seyni Awa Camara,

Chéri Samba,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Bodys Isek Kingelez


Jean Pigozzi, collectionneur

Le Quotidien de l'art

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By Roxana Azimi

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26.04.2017
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Frédéric Bruly Bouabré,

Seyni Awa Camara,

Chéri Samba,

John Goba,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Esther Mahlangu ,

Abu Bakarr Mansaray,

Malick Sidibé,

Cyprien Tokoudagba


A la recherche de l'art contemporain

Le Monde Afrique

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By Philippe Dagen

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26.04.2017
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Amani Bodo,

Seyni Awa Camara,

Chéri Samba,

John Goba,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Moke


Jean Pigozzi, Chercheur de talents

Connaissance des arts

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By Guillaume Morel

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01.02.2017
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Frédéric Bruly Bouabré,

Seyni Awa Camara,

Chéri Samba,

Calixte Dakpogan,

John Goba,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Seydou Keïta,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

George Lilanga,

Abu Bakarr Mansaray,

Moke,

J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere,

Malick Sidibé


Avril 2017. Exposition Art Afrique. Le nouvel atelier

Evous

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By André Balbo

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03.01.2017
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Frédéric Bruly Bouabré,

Seyni Awa Camara,

Chéri Samba,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Malick Sidibé


Art contemporain : chic, des Africains chez Vuitton  !

Jeune Afrique
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29.12.2016
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Seyni Awa Camara


What Else Is On In London During Frieze Week 2016

Artlyst

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By Paul Carey Kent

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02.10.2016
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Seyni Awa Camara,

JP Mika,

Malick Sidibé


1:54 100% africaine, 100% contemporaine

Beaux-Arts Magazine
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01.10.2016
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Seyni Awa Camara


Sénégal : Art + Casamance, un musée virtuel pour les arts plastiques de Ziguinchor

Jeune Afrique

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By Nicolas Michel

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29.09.2016
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Frédéric Bruly Bouabré,

Seyni Awa Camara,

Chéri Samba,

Efiaimbelo,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Esther Mahlangu ,

Cyprien Tokoudagba


Histoires d'expositions. Magiciens de la Terre

Contemporary and

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By Julia Friedel

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12.08.2016
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