Notes on Blue Canvas Tote Bag

$65.00

This limited edition tote bag features Kehinde Wiley's 2021 painting titled Portrait of Aissatou Dialo Gueye II, which is from the new body of work that Kehinde has developed during the period of COVID-19 in 2020. Kehinde spent this time in quarantine at Black Rock Sénégal, the artist compound and residency program he opened in 2019 on the coast of Dakar, Sénégal. In the absence of any ability to follow his traditional streetcasting methods, which enable him to find models at random on the streets of New York and many other international cities around the world, Kehinde decided to focus on the people and friends of people immediately surrounding him in Dakar. As Kehinde describes them, "What follows are a series of portraits that I might consider friends and family of Black Rock."

Aissatou Dialo Gueye works at Black Rock Senegal. She is posed here wearing a dress by Senegalese designer Sarah Diouf, who is also a good friend and collaborator of Black Rock. The background pattern, which features flowering fruit trees and vines, references a British textile originally produced by Liberty and Co. in London at the turn of the 20th century.
  • Two-sided canvas bag
  • Satin lined
  • Jacquard woven logo handles
  • Measures 16 x 17 inches
  • Handle drop 11 inches

Net proceeds from your purchase support Black Rock Sénégal, Wiley's artist in residence program in Dakar, Sénégal.

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About Black Rock Senegal

Established in 2019, Black Rock Senegal is a multidisciplinary artist-in-residence program founded by Kehinde Wiley in Dakar, Senegal. The program brings together international artists to live and work at Wiley’s coastal compound for 1-3 month residencies. Designed by Senegalese architect Abib Djenne, the complex includes a residence and studio space for Wiley along with 3 single-occupancy residency apartments with adjacent studio spaces. Our mission is to support new artistic creation through collaborative exchange and to incite change in the global discourse about Africa. More information about Black Rock is available online at www.blackrocksenegal.org.