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To talk about me: I am curious about the multidisciplinary practice of contemporary art, as well as the affiliated thesis : globalization of the culture, cultural anthropology and the poetic of the mankind condition. I am trying to curate the discipline to open new dialogues and discuss the potential and the limits of it. I am passionate in literature, especially poetry and novels (Non-fiction preferably). I am releasing my first poetry collection book throughout the year and will celebrate in the meantime the launch of an independent publishing house that I have created in collaboration with a friend. Last but not the least, I am trying to get involved in the education system in Gambia (West Africa) from which I am a descendant.
After the need of a second breath, and facing some family issues, I took a break and travelled to Dakar (Senegal – West Africa). Alongside three friends from Paris we stood there for three months. Each one of us works with different mediums (clothing, painting, music, writing) but we have always shared the same state of mind and energy in common. We conceptualized and created an entire collection of clothes inspired and composed of the local fabrics. We mixed this crafts with eastern outlines to get the best result out of that synergy. In May on the following year we had a fashion show at « Les Docks de la Cité de la Mode et du Design » on the roof of the « Institut Français de la Mode » quite an emblematic place to start. Since then, we all respectively got back to our personal projects or studies for some, to find the time to educate ourselves. It was a huge chance to be involved into such a young initiative, and learn how to deal with real factors, fight our egos, and build ideas from the scratch together.
OFIVE was an amazing experience, I started as an intern, then I got a freelance position for more than a year before a financial crisis and the change of direction. As a young and rising media, the analogy with Snatch is quite obvious, same energy, same team spirit, same ambitions, but a different message is carried toward a slightly different audience. I have worked mostly as a journalist and contributed to the quarterly magazine for which I had a fictional column and wrote a few editorials. I had the chance to direct and edit interviews for the paper and/or video contents, and to meet extraordinary people (musicians, artists, etc.) I worked on the website feed as well, and I wrote daily reviews on musical releases, album listening sessions, gigs, etc. Finally I had the privilege to curate some of the TV programming. I selected and edited diverse pieces of musical playlists for the channel. Side duties: community management, helping in the organization of events sponsored by brands.
Working with Snatch was quite unexpected, I was originally a reader then I worked under the communication team. I have done a lot of community management and strategies to build our online fan base (organizing competitions, promoting and transmitting our latest achievements and events.) I also assisted the journalists as an editorial assistant: mainly doing some researches for up and coming features. During the meetings, and I submitted my ideas for eventual topics or casual improvements. Before the printing of an issue I would occasionally do some proofreading. We were a small team of less than 10 people including the interns, to release a magazine that has been published nationally every two months. Most part of the time the job have varied depending on the day, this was a major interesting point. Every day was fulfilled with new challenges, which is helping to keep the senses awake. Other duties were: contacting the distributors, event planning, etc.