October 12, 2023
Is Kehinde Wiley’s Dakar Residency a Bridge or an Oasis?
Named after the volcanic rocks on the beach it overlooks, Black Rock Senegal has big, almost contradictory ambitions—to connect artists to Africa and cushion them in comfort.
It was me or the horse: someone had to budge. It's a rough road to Kehinde Wiley's luxurious arts villa, nestled deep in North Dakar's maze of unmarked dirt paths, boutique hotels, and vacation condos. Forget an exact location—I'd been told to proceed along the main thoroughfare, turn left at a rundown pastry shop, then left again on a narrow dirt road. Now a horse and buggy, straining with produce, were blocking my way.
I yielded, stepping into a puddle. But five minutes later, I was ushered into a different universe.
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