Senegal to host first artist residency in rural Africa

By Henri Neuendorf
The THREAD artist residency is scheduled to open in March 2015. Photo: THREAD
SENEGAL---The village of Sinthian, situated in south-eastern Senegal, will host the first-ever artist residency and cultural center in rural Africa. The project, entitled THREAD, is scheduled to open in March 2015. The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, which funded and conceived the project, collaborated with local leaders with the aim of attracting artists from around the world to find inspiration in the unique west African countryside, and to foster a cross-cultural exchange of ideas. In a statement, Nicholas Fox Weber, Director of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation said, “When Josef and Anni Albers created the Foundation that bears their names, they stated its purpose to be ‘the revelation and evocation of vision through art.' [link]