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Omar Ba in the Wilde Gallery

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Art from Senegal: Omar Ba in the Wilde Gallery

The Wilde Gallery in Gellert will show paintings by the Senegalese artist Omar Ba until the end of the month. His pictures are full of poetry, they tell of Omar Bas’ homeland, but also of the global abuse of power. by Danielle Bürgin

May 21, 2015 Wilde Gallery

Art should also trigger important, sometimes political, dialogues.

Omar Ba has lived in Geneva since 2003. After studying at the Ecole des Beaux Arts de Dakar in his hometown, Ba was invited by a friend to the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Geneva. He still runs a studio there today.

He was invited to the Wilde Gallery in Basel by the gallery director Simmy Swinder Voellmy. For the American with Indian roots, it is important to bring artists from all over the world to Basel. It gives both established and young artists a platform.

There is a lack of diversity in Basel, regrets Swinder, who lived in Los Angeles. She would like to change this with a diverse program at the Wilde Gallery. With private events and public talks, she seeks dialogue with collectors and people interested in art in Switzerland. In some cases, it also deals with political issues such as racist violence in the USA.

We spoke to Simmy Swinder Voellmy about Omar Ba and the direction of the Wilde Gallery.

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