“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”— Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Mallick Welli’s first major solo exhibition in his home city and coinciding with the tenth anniversary of his prolific career as an artist, ‘Lightness of Being’ is a cross-sectional career retrospective hosted at Galerie Atiss, Dakar.
Welli tackles his usual esoteric themes of duality, spirituality, history, material culture and restitution: not of objects, but of memory, pedagogy and lost identity. Welli is interested in the convergence of religious, material influences, economics and power dynamics and how these evolve to shape visual culture. There is a questing for ecology and interdependence and how apparently independent events coincide and influence each other. In Anonym(us) Welli deploys the performative and stylistic in addressing the
transaction between humanity, objects and trees. The trees are significant, they predate us and in Senegal have a special reverence and spiritual presence and weightiness. Read more
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