Sadio Diallo’s - A Different Kind of Blues:

Sunday, September 10, 2023 at 3:00 pm

Haugabrooks, 364 Auburn Ave, Atlanta, GA 30312


A Different Kind of Blues is well known Senegalese artist Sadio Diallo’s newest body of work. It references the ascendancy of blues (as in color) in many of the works but more importantly it speaks to the continuum of ideas through diasporic spaces in liminal and real time like the music. 

These paintings flit between dream worlds inhabited by mythical creatures in urban as well as natural settings to a child’s naive impression of their surroundings with everyday figures such as a king, a policeman, a soldier, or a musician anchoring the foreground, while the background swirls with the busyness of Dakar streets and mental images of global iconic marketing as well as deeply historical and spiritual symbols.The combination of the settings, the dreamscapes and the symbols all channel the artist’s lived experience as well as his current and future trajectories.

This exhibition is supported by Emory University’s Office of Culture, Community and Partner Engagement for the Michael C. Carlos Museum and Emory Libraries. We greatly value and appreciate their sponsorship as it enables aKAZI to bring Sadio’s work to Atlanta and host a number of enjoyable community events centered around the exhibition.

Please send us your RSVP to the Opening here and we look forward to welcoming you to aKAZI ATL for art, community, music and refreshments.  As we recently returned from Dakar the Design Shop is also bursting with new goodies!

Sadly, the US Embassy in Dakar, Senegal denied Sadio a US visa. This was tough news to digest as it means he will not be with us for the Opening. We are thinking through the best way to appeal this decision for a future visit. Meanwhile please let us show him all the LOVe for his work and talent by attending the Opening and supporting his amazing talent.

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