Selly Raby Kane is best known as a fashion designer, but her interests and artistic practices are many: film, writing and collage form an integral part of her work, with the main goal being the construction of worlds of her own. She draws together the real and mythology to "make pieces to wear, to read to look at". She lives and works in her family home, a house divided into several areas; the showroom of the brand, a part reserved for family life and an office, and a terrace that has become a space of co-creation now dedicated to members of the Muus tux collective.
In search of a space that could house her fashion project and Afro-futuristic scenic installation, Alien Cartoon, in 2014, she and Erwan le Vigoureux "fell a little by chance on this monument (the train station), it was very easy accessible, without the need for authorizations. The idea was to make "the light return to this building and hold an event that projects it into the future". In addition to the fashion show, a plea and petition had been put in place to safeguard the site, 100 years old, no longer used by Dakar and gradually abandoned.
Lamenting the difficulties of travel in Dakar, the lack of public spaces for conviviality and the general insalubrity of the city, Selly Raby Kane wishes that in a future Dakar she can "simply be able to breathe ». The project @dakar_creators is an individualized map of the metropolis through the eyes of contemporary artists living in it. Everyone I interview is invited to take me to a special place, connected with their personnal/professional life.
Beyond discovery, it is about building a work of archive, to tell the story of people who lived here, built their identity, and developed an artistic practice.
This project is just as this city, in continuous construction !
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