As an active and successful member of the contemporary arts scene in Dakar, Senegal, Camara is well known for his ability to address issues of cultural hegemony, memory and acculturation through the use of broad and bold strokes of color. He, like his compatriots, draws inspirations from wide-ranging sources, local and global, as he seeks to highlight processes of cultural and artistic fusion in the post-colonial period. In this composition, the standing figure conceals his face, thus drawing the viewer in to consider the artist's intentions, which are open to interpretation.
Large acrylic painting in vibrant reds, yellows, oranges, blues and purples. The composition is dominated by an imposing male figure who stands facing the viewer, arms raised to hold a white sheet of paper in front of the face. Camara uses vigorous brushstrokes to create a generous, muscular form that is echoed by a shadow shown behind and to the right of the front figure. A strong horizontal band crosses the figure's hip section, counteracting the vertically of the composition and drawing the viewer's attentions to the rich surrounding palette.
Conversations: African and African American Artworks in Dialogue - From the Collections of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art and Camille O. and William H. Cosby, Jr., National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, November 7, 2014-January 24, 2016
Body of Evidence-Rotation 1, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., June 14-October 15, 2006
African Art, African Voices: Long Steps Never Broke a Back, Cincinnati Art Museum, October 8, 2005-January 1, 2006
Recent Acquisitions and Promised Gifts, National Museum of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., October 18, 2002-January 5, 2003
Kreamer, Christine Mullen and Adrienne L. Childs (eds). 2014. Conversations: African and African American Artworks in Dialogue from the Collections of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art and Camille O. and William H. Cosby, Jr. Washington, D.C.: National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, pp. 130-131, 141, no. 76, pl. 59.
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