From the early 1980s to today, the Senegalese community in Italy has grown exponentially to become the second largest in Europe and today amounts to over 100,000 people. Many, many members of the Italian-Senegalese community have distinguished themselves in the world of culture, arts and sport.
With the ‘Visions – Guiss Guiss’ project, the Italian Cultural Institute of Dakar and GRIOT present a series of video interviews with seven protagonists of Italian culture who have their roots, by birth or by family, in Senegal. The protagonists speak of their life, their work and their vision – their ‘guiss guiss’, as they say in Wolof – on the many nuances of being Italian and Senegalese, between presence and absence within geographical, social and cultural boundaries.
Johanne Affricot, artistic director of GRIOT, meets with:
- Valentina Diouf, one of the best Italian volleyball players and member of the Italian national volleyball team;
- Moulaye Niang, known as the Muranero, a glass craftsman in Murano;
- Awa Fall Mirone, singer and musician, one of the best known and most respected names in the Italian and European reggae scene;
- Pap Khouma, writer, journalist, editor, and leading exponent of ‘migrant’ literature;
- Abdou Diouf, writer and biologist, author of two novels;
- Maty Fall Diba, model, one of the new faces of Italian fashion;
- Virginia Diop, actress, star of the film ‘Bar Joseph’ and of the eagerly-awaited Netflix series ‘Zero’.
The interviews, published every Monday starting 1 February, are available here and on the Institute’s social channels (Facebook, YouTube).
To learn more, visit iicdakar.esteri.it