TGD4 / TAMBACOUNDA-GENEVA-DAKAR
TAMBACOUNDA - SENEGAL
from December 12th to 25th 2004
The first phase of the TGD artistic
exchange took place from the 8th to the 22nd of February 2001
The second phase took place from
the 26th February to the 6th of March 2002 in Geneva.
The third stop of the tour
Dakar - brought to the capital of Senegal from the 28th march
to the 7th april 2003.
The region of Tambacounda,
which groups together three departments (Tambacounda, Bakel and
Kédougou), is for a double reason the starting point of
the TGD project. Not only did the first phase took place there
but the project was initiated in order to trigger in that region,
situated at the south-east of Senegal (economically one of the
poorest but culturally ranking among the richest ones), a new
cultural dynamic meant to contribute to its blossoming.
The Tambacounda people got involved in the three phases and the
project benefits from the positive feeling shown by the population
and the local authorities. The first phase, which took place in
2001, had proved that Tamba was an open town with respect both
to mind and geography (as it borders up on five countries : Gambia,
Mali, Mauritania, Guinea Konakry and Guinea Bissau) and that space
TGD4 comprises four aspects :
- Educational Section
- The TambArt Section
The project TGD4 shall include an educational section, the aim
of which is to group together students from a secondary school
in Geneva (Switzerland) with students from the Moriba Diakité
school in Tambacounda (Senegal).
Together, the pupils will benefit from the activities developed
during the workshops with the professional artists, share their
experiences as pupils, work together in class and make a small
The CAP is raising funds to build a big art classroom in Moriba
Diakité school where, until today, the pupils cannot benefit
of art courses.
The educational section has received support from the Public Education
Department of the State of Geneva, Switzerland and the Cooperation
Delegation of the Town of Geneva, Switzerland.
The TambArt Section (art
In 2004, dustbins shall be installed in the town of Tambacounda.
Indeed, the CAP wishes to take advantage of the period of turmoil
engendered by TGD4 to develop a policy with the inhabitants in
order to find a creative solution to their day-to-day urban preoccupations.
The goal of TambArt 2004 is to have the blacksmiths of the
town forge street dustbins based on a model created by a student
from the University of Art and Design of Kyoto, which will be
decorated by the Tambacounda handwriters. These dustbins will
then be installed by the population and the invited artists on
the major axes of Tambacounda during the Set Setal
initiative (action for hygiene which is characterised by a general
mobilisation of the population to clean the town). The japanese
student who create the design for the dustbins, Kohyu SATO, will
receive an award of the town of Tambacounda on December 12th,
during the official ceremony of Tamb'Art.
CAP has solicited partnerships with ENDA (non-governmental organization
based in Dakar www.enda.sn) and
the city authorities in order to reflect upon putting into place
concrete measures which would contribute to enhancing the urban
The Tamb'Art section has received support from the Swiss Agency
for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the Sponsorship Fund of
the SIG, Geneva, Switzerland, the Solidarity Department of the
State of Geneva, Switzerland.
From December 12-25, 2004, artists will work in the public spaces
of Tambacounda (interior and exterior). In agreement with
the mayor of Tambacounda and CAP, visual artists will be given
great latitude in terms of creating temporary or more permanent
works inspired by the context of life in Tambacounda.
Near the end of the workshop, on December 23, 2004, artwork
will be reviewed and selected for either a temporary exhibition
or more long-term installation, joining work created at TGD1,
in February, 2001, and thereby further enriching the contemporary
public art heritage of Tambacounda.
Students from the following art schools will take part in the
workshop: The National Institute of Art of Bamako, Mali;
The University of Missouri-St. Louis (Department of Graphic Design),
USA; and The National School of the Arts of Dakar, Senegal.
The workshop has received support from the Intergovernmental Agency
of Francophonie, Africalia (Belgium), Sonatel Foundation (Senegal),
Nestlé Senegal, the mayor of Tambacounda, and from the
TGD branches established in Kyoto, Japan and St. Louis, Missouri,
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