Students can enjoy a private visit to the FIAF Gallery with a member of the staff. The current exhibition, Omar Ba’s Clin d’Oeil, will be on view until October 28. This visit can be combined with a tour of the Haskell Library.
FIAF is delighted to present Clin d’oeil, an exhibition of one of Omar Ba‘s most important historical works, at the FIAF Gallery. This wall-sized painting is characteristic of the artist’s style, with a black ground layered with a vivid palette on large cardboard boxes placed directly on the floor. In this work from 2017, Omar Ba pays homage to Senegalese historian and politician Cheikh Anta Diop. He references Diop’s thesis from the 1950s in which he affirms that the societies of Ancient Egypt were populated by Black Africans, as well as his ground-breaking book of The African Origin of Civilization: Myth or Reality. This volume, published in 1974, asserts the influence of ancient African civilizations on the rest of the world.
In English or French
Born in 1977 in Senegal, Omar Ba lives and works in Dakar and New York.