“As an Artist who works in the west I desired a space of renewal to explore new ideas and to create work outside of a western context—to create work within the context of my own lineage. Black Rock stands as the direct answer to my desire to have an uncontested relationship with Africa, the filling in of a large void that I share with many African Americans.”
- Kehinde Wiley, 2019
Black Rock Global Arts Foundation
Black Rock Global Arts Foundation was established by Kehinde Wiley to develop and support initiatives that connect artists and creative thinkers throughout the world with opportunities to collaborate, create, and live in locations of cultural significance on the African continent and throughout the African diaspora. The Foundation supports the artist residency program Black Rock Senegal, which invites each year a group of multidisciplinary, international artists to live and create work in Dakar, Senegal.
The Kehinde Wiley Shop began as a partnership between Wiley and Black Rock Senegal, the foundation’s flagship residency program to create limited edition merchandise and apparel featuring the artist’s personal favorite compositions from his archives to support the residency.
BLACK ROCK SÉNÉGAL
Named for the volcanic rocks that blanket its shoreline, Black Rock is a multidisciplinary artist-in-residence program founded by renowned artist Kehinde Wiley in 2019. The residency brings together international artists to live and work in Dakar, Senegal for 1-3 month stays. The compound, designed by Abib Djenne, Fatiya Djenne, and Aissa Dione alongside Wiley, includes three residency apartments and adjacent studio spaces for visiting artists. Black Rock’s mission is to support new artistic creation through collaborative exchange and to incite change in the global discourse about what Africa means today.