This limited edition silk scarf features Kehinde Wiley's Portrait of Mame Kéwé Aminata Lô 2021. This is a painting from the body of work that Kehinde developed during the period of COVID-19. Kehinde spent this last year 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."
Mame Kéwé Aminata Lô works at Black Rock Sénégal. She is posed here wearing a dress by Senegalese fashion designer Sarah Diouf and depicted amidst a sea of chrysanthemums that have been arranged in reference to a British Modern Style wallpaper from the late 19th century.
Net proceeds from your purchase support the artist in residence program Black Rock Sénégal, founded by Wiley in 2019.
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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.