Ousmane Snow, the first black man to enter the French Academy of Fine Arts
Steffi Njoh Monny

“My nomination is even more valuable to me that you always had the wisdom not to establish racial, ethnical or religious quotas to be admitted among you”. Unanimously elected in 2013, the eighty-years-old Senegalese sculptor follows Léopold Sédar Senghor’s footsteps, elected at the French Academy thirty years earlier, and to whom he paid tribute during his enthronement. This event will surely and durably shake-up the African Diaspora: after the constant search for role models, the awareness of a possible future. Oneself.”

For more infos or details :

An interview of Ousmane Sow for RFI (in French)

The portrait of Ousmane Sow on TV5 Monde (in French)

Read “Ousmane Sow ou la réconciliation” by Alain Damiani on Ethiopiques, the négro-african journal of littérature and philosophiy (in French)

The portrait of Ousmane Sow on France 24 at the time of his entrance to the Academy

 Artwork :

M.Y. pour B(s)ttF


Steffi Njoh Monny
Steffi, comme Steffi Graf. Même prénom, même date de naissance à vingt ans près, le parallèle s’arrête (à peu près) ici ! Bouillon de culture urbaine, maelström féministe, musique & mode en intraveineuse. A ses heures (résolument) perdues, elle rédige, alimente et édite le blog Africanism, sur la culture noire dans son ensemble. Une preuve supplémentaire, s'il en fallait une, de son adéquation avec le projet B(s)ttF.
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