MEET OUR DECEMBER ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE: DJIBRIL SALL

Djibril Sall emigrated to Memphis, TN after spending the first five years of their life in Dakar, Senegal. Even after they started life in America, West Africa never left the household of their upbringing. The steaming spices of mafé, Islam, and their parents’ insistence that everyone speak Pulaar in the home ensured that they were strongly exposed to Senegalese sensibilities. However, being black in America has a way of complicating identities so that new, divergent cultures are formed in perpetually discordant rhythms. Mainstream American society marks the darkness of our skin as part of an unmoving, unspeaking monolith so through their work, Djibril hopes to complicate the idea of a singular narrative that is prescribed to the African diaspora. Djibril is a recent graduate of Wesleyan University where they studied Dance and their new work, psychic migrations, is now available on Amazon.

 

Djibril is currently working on an untitled series of prose poetry and essays invested in examining the in between spaces that exists between reality and dreamscape—specifically when talking about psychic migrations, a term that I use to describe the state of being psychologically or emotionally invested in the process of finding or creating some sort of construction of "home" that doesn't represent the material reality that one finds themselves in. Their current process grounds itself in the foundation of using the etherealized in betweenness of consciousness as a space of imagining alternate futures for oneself or more specifically as an initializing point for migration—the idea of escape, stemming from a sense of profound isolation and materializing the specters of the past, such as past relationships and past homes.

 

This project will be done in collaboration with Bekah Flya poet, visual artist, and musician. Being from New York City, much her art has been shaped by graffiti and synesthetic experiences have connected these different types of expression since her childhood. She has performed music and poetry at Joes Pub, The Nuyorican Poets Cafe and Museo del Barrio. She's currently living in the Mojave desert for severe health reasons and continues to make art, she considers art to be fight, medicine, and prayer.