The exhibition The Paintings of Yelimane Fall: Community, Literacy, and Activism in Islam was put together at the West African Research Association. After premiering at Boston University, in winter of 2017 it was exhibited at Lafayette College in Easton, PA. It is now available to be shown at participating institutions, with costs going to support Yelimane Fall/West African Calligraphy Institute and the West African Research Association.
From the exhibition:
Senegalese artist and community activist Yelimane Fall has a unique calligraphic style that reflects a vibrant West African aesthetic. His work draws on the teachings of Shaykh Ahmadou Bamba, the founder of the Mouride Sufi order in Senegal, and focuses on the values of tolerance, self-reliance, and hard work. He also uses Ajami, the Arabic alphabet adapted for writing West African languages, which appeals to wide local audiences throughout West Africa.
The show opens up discussions of Africa, religion, and community, providing a much-needed positive portrayal of the region through modern, familiar, and captivating imagery.
Contact WARA today to learn how you can bring Mr. Fall’s vibrant images to life in your institution.