Just like in every edition, dozens of Off exhibitions are held about everywhere in Dakar and in some provinces in order to help a maximum of artists to show their works to the hundreds of guests who will come to Dakar.
This dynamic event shall be subject to a detailed programme as well as to a significant documentation.
The OFF of DAK’ART is also the occupation of various places ( cultural centers, bars, restaurants, residences, theatres, banks, streets etc.. ). It is finally the opportunity for populations to meet the contemporary creativity with the both in work places and the residences. Over one hundred thirty events will make of Dakar the true capital of visual arts. DAK’ART OFF is becoming internationalised and through its development it invites to greater quality of the IN contents.
The Biennale of Contemporary African Art, in its evolution, has brought about the development of collective and individual initiatives which are shown through the artistic projects submitted in many sites.
As opposed to the official program of the Biennale, we have chosen the concept DAK’ART OFF to name them. About 50 events in 2000, DAK’ART OFF recorded more than 120 exhibitions in 2002 and 130 in 2004. At the beginning, some artists considered a participation outside the areas bringing together the artists selected or invited by the Biennale of Dakar as a form of marginalization.
The attitude has changed a lot since then with a widely shared awareness to take advantage of the pretext which DAK’ART constitutes in order to be present as an artist, through the presentation of collective or individual projects.
It is in this manner that a more unflagging attention is given to the expression of the foreign and African creativity presented within the environmental events. From 2000, these activities have been put in the program of the Biennale to give them all the visibility they deserve. The same attention will be enforced again in 2002.
Indeed, the Scientific Council of DAK’ART 2004 has ended in considering them as being part and parcel of the Biennale and at the same time, they are telling owing to their obvious dynamism of the sector and to an artistic proposition capacity of a remarkable quality.
A Committee has been set up to gather the majority of the projects submitted to the General Secretariat, to present them in a booklet and an identification sheet specially set aside to display them and facilitate their localization.