Art and work

In the recent times, co-working spaces have become more and more popular, and especially now with the Covid-19 pandemic, as many hotels have seen best to transform their venues to facilitate work from distance. Covid or not, a comfortable and well-located space for work with a wifi connection has been lacking on the island of Saint-Louis for a long time, but the wind of change has arrived!

We decided to dedicate part of the Galerie Éthiopiques to cater for those visitors who would like to sit down for a coffee, or better, who would like to stretch their coffee break or gallery visit with bright, relaxing and peaceful co-working environmement. For the purpose, one local wood workshop made us wide and solid chairs that aspire the local craftmanship. The chairs are designed by Staffan Martikainen. The new episode of our gallery is unfolding day by day!

Galerie Éthiopique organizes exhibitions, end-of-residency events and film screenings at Rue Potin X Abdoulaye Seck Marie Parsine in Saint-Louis of Senegal. More information: Tel. +221 77 143 88 90 or info[at]ethiopiques.gallery

Dangerous liaisons

With the opening day approaching, this is just one of those posts with which I wanted to immortalize online so that we can look back at it and remember what things looked like on the day we moved in. It took some three days for the local electricity company to replace old cables and wires and sockets so that our customers will be able to aliment their laptops and mobiles in the co-workin area and cafeteria. A few more finishing touches and we are ready! 

Art happens. And nothing can stop it.

Galerie Éthiopique organizes exhibitions, end-of-residency events and film screenings at Rue Potin X Abdoulaye Seck Marie Parsine in Saint-Louis of Senegal. More information: Tel. +221 77 143 88 90 or info[at]ethiopiques.gallery

Galerie Ethiopiques is back!

After a long Covid-19 hibernation, Galerie Ethiopiques will re-open soon in a bright L-shape space in Rue Potin X Abdoulaye Seck Marie Parsine. Our season will – so we hope – properly ignite in the autumn but we will be starting with a photo exhibition “Eureka Photo” already on 1st of April. This will give you the opportunity to see also our co-working space and cafeteria where you can have a pause and sip a cappuccino, tea or a fresh fruit juice.

If you would like to follow Galerie Ethiopiques and its events in the future, have a look at our Instagram page or Facebook page, as well as our website. You can also stay informed with what’s going by following this blog via #ethiopiques.

Looking forward to seeing you very soon!

Galerie Éthiopique organizes exhibitions, end-of-residency events and film screenings at Rue Potin X Abdoulaye Seck Marie Parsine in Saint-Louis of Senegal. More information: Tel. +221 77 143 88 90 or info[at]ethiopiques.gallery

Chez Relax

I made a documentary about my hometown recently. In the film I am asking people to tell me about their relationship to their town, Saint-Louis, in the north of Senegal by the Mauritanian border. In its final stages of post production I came to realize that I may have chosen to shoot with mini-DV quite subconsciously: it creates a rather rough but at the same time soft view of the footage.

Truth to be told, this town is dirty.

If you have been to Saint-Louis, a town that still carries the Unesco World Heritage label, you may have wondered how it is possible that the river has become a dumping site for domestic waste. In the old days people used to give food as offerings to the river spirits but these days it is just trash, and more trash that finds its way into the river. Ngagne Dabo Ndiaye, who has traveled extensively in his life and who returned to Saint-Louis, had enough of this and has transformed the river side into a small oasis, right next to the bridge and opposite to Hotel Sunu Keur. Now there are plants, tables and chairs and benches for anyone to have a break. He took the initiative to clean this area and planted trees and set up a place where you can have a coffee and snacks and just sit back and relax.

Ngagne Dabo Ndiaye

Ngagne Dabo Ndiaye’s dream is that he will find collaborators with whom he could create more activities for everybody with canoes, paddling boats, games for children and so on. He has been running Chez Relax now for a year without any support and any small gain from selling coffee goes to keeping this place running. If you are in town, please do visit him and stop for a chat and coffee and maybe a sandwich! In case you show up there in the hot hours of the afternoon and he is nowhere to be seen, check under the bridge: he might me having his siesta down there in the cool river bank.

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View from Chez Relax coffee tent

Rue Blaise Diagne

For a couple of weeks my home street has been going through some serious sewage works that started from the main mosque in the north and has been approaching our house ever since. For a few days they have now rumbled the earth right in front of the house and left a terribly noisy water pump to run through the night. Goodbye quiet nights of curfew!

I felt extra confined today for a short moment when I could not walk out of the house because of mountains of sand that had been piled up along the front of the house. But that was only a good sign. It meant that the loose earth was soon going to cover everything that had been opened up earlier, and then the works would move on in the street towards south, away from the house! When that work was done, the guys had a lunch typically in the Senegalese way on the spot. No fuzz!