Urbanism from Senegal

Dakar and Gorée Island: Linking history, tourism and local economies

Dakar and Gorée Island: Linking history, tourism and local economies

With its just over one thousand residents, Gorée Island sits two kilometers (1.2 miles) off the coast of Dakar, Senegal. For tourists, the small island is a recognized cultural destination and UNESCO World Heritage site, based on its famed history as a slave-trading station as part of the […]

In Dakar, a graffiti festival connects artists, cultures and ideas

In Dakar, a graffiti festival connects artists, cultures and ideas

For 10 days in April, graffiti artists from around the world gathered in Dakar, Senegal for the fifth annual Festigraff, the Festival international de Graffiti en Afrique/Senegal. While the term “graffiti” can carry a negative connotation, spray can art is Dakar’s most ubiquitous urban art […]

Dakar: A city full of color

Dakar: A city full of color

Here in Dakar, it seems that the entire urban landscape is full of color: The walls, the sidewalks, the transport, houses and buildings, as well as the bright clothes of urban dwellers themselves. For example, the bright contrast between the light brown sands of this […]

Dakar: Who wouldn’t love a city with all this graffiti and wall art?

Dakar: Who wouldn’t love a city with all this graffiti and wall art?

Bonjour de Dakar! Here, graffiti is everywhere; it’s as if every wall is an opportunity for artistic, political and/or social statement. The more you look, the more you can learn about the city, its people, and their sentiments. It’s my first day in Dakar, the […]