Monday 15 June 2020

Black Rock donates 700 custom-designed masks to combat the spread of COVID-19 in Senegal

Black Rock, Dakar, Senegal

Black Rock Senegal is partnering with Dr. Abdou Karim Diop, director of Centre de Santé Philippe Senghor Yoff and head of the West Health District of Dakar, and with the Association des Femmes de la Cité Biagui et Toundourya (AFBET) for the donation of 700 masks to combat the spread of COVID-19 in Senegal.

Black Rock has provided N-95 masks to Dr. Abdou Karim Diop for use in the Centre de Santé Philippe Senghor Yoff, a hospital center located in the Yoff district of Dakar. 

Partnering with Black Rock artist Devin Johnson, Black Rock Senegal has designed and produced a series of custom-made masks that have been fabricated by local tailors Mbor N’diaye, Pape Seck and Djiby Gueye at their workshop based in Ker Massar, Dakar. These artist-designed masks have been donated to the AFBET for distribution to underserved women and children. Created in 1988, the AFBET is now composed of 90 members who organize bi-monthly events and initiatives throughout the city. 

Named for the volcanic rocks that blanket its shoreline, Black Rock is a residency program created by renowned artist Kehinde Wiley which seeks to incite change in the global discourse around West Africa in the context of creative evolution. Black Rock remains open with reduced operations in adherence to CO-VID 19 restrictions, offering asylum to the resident artists and friends who found themselves unable to leave the country due to ongoing CO-VID 19 travel bans.

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