A peninsula juts out of West Africa, reaching into the Atlantic. For centuries, this geological feature has served as a natural port: a funnel for the trafficking of ships, cargo and human bodies.
In the fifteenth-century, Dakar became a hub of global trade. No sooner had Europeans arrived than they began to establish trading posts. Bilateral flows of goods and products started crossing the Atlantic: wool, copper and pearls in one direction, gold and slaves in the other. In little time, this sub-Saharan city became a central axis in the new imperial order.
Dakar’s commercial and geopolitical history offers this backdrop to Pujalte’s images. We are presented with an index of fashion brands, luxury cars and designer watches. But this familiar alphabet of products and logos is destabilised by something altogether less familiar – at least to the Western viewer. The graphic language of globalised commerce collides with a local mythology: Mouridism.
This branch of Sufi Islam was founded in 1883 by the religious leader Amadou Bamba. Teaching a pacifist struggle against the French colonial empire, his influence over daily life in Senegal is now more prominent than ever. Bamba’s political, economic and cultural legacy can be seen in the omnipresence of his iconic image: a figure in a white kaftan, his face covered by a scarf. Replicating the only photograph of this religious leader, the same image is reproduced in murals, textiles and products throughout modern-day Senegal. In this sense, it competes with its political rival: the Western corporate brand.
At its core, this is the struggle captured by Pujalte’s lens. We are introduced to a post-colonial paradox that is present on every street corner of Dakar. For while they are inflected by the visual language of global consumerism, these photographs open out into a space that is altogether less containable by the rational economic dogmas of Western commerce. They bear witness to a poetic experience of being: a collective spirituality held in bodies, objects and light.
General Photography in Institut d’Estudis Fotogràfics de Catalunya
Law degree by the Univesity of Barcelona
Le Marse shortlisted at the PH Museum grant 2019
Rond Point Colobane Honour Mention at LANDSKRONA FOTO DUMMY AWARD 2018.
Rond Point Colobane shortlisted at Paper Journal first photobook prize.
Rond Point Colobane shortlisted at Voies Off Award 2018
Good luck with the future shortlisted in Anamorphosis prize
Rond Point Colobane shortlisted in Arles Cosmos PDF Award
Good luck with the future finalist at the Voies Off Award
Good luck with the future shortlisted in NexoFoto’17
Good luck with the future finalist at Encontros da Imagem’16
Good luck with the future shortlisted in Arles Cosmos PDF Award
Grant Fotopres la Caixa 2015
Cultural Containers finalist in the Docfield Dummy Award
Selected in Descubrimientos PhotoEspaña’13
Cultural Containers finalist of the 19th edition of the Fotopres grant
Nasti Flowers and a Crash, Selfpublished
Good luck with the future, Dani Pujalte + Rita Puig-Serra, selfpublished, ISBN 978-84-617-9587-1
Laboratori, published by Ca l’Isidret, ISBN 978-84-941484-3-9
Studio vortex Journal 5/6, published by Atelier de Visu
Good luck with the future at Kronos Art Barcelona, Arts Santa Mónica.
Le Marse at Encontros da Imagem’18 – Edificio do Castelo
Good Luck with the future in the Photobook Exhibition at Athens Photo Festival
Show at Minimum in Palermo, part of the festival Mo[t]us Operandi for Manifesta 12. Curated by Simone Sapienza and in collaboration with Valentina Sestieri / BACO About Photographs.
Mōmentum installation curated by Simone Sapienza at MINIMUM Studio in Palermo. Selected by Salvatore Vitale.
Good luck with the future in San José Foto «Vínculos». Curator Nicolás Janowski. San José, Uruguay.
BECOMING: Cure as Care. Curator: Cemre Yeşil, Daire Sanat Galerie, Istanbul.
Good luck with the future in La Nuu Photofestival – Rubi, Spain
Good luck with the future in New Documentary Image at Caixa Forum Madrid
Good luck with the future in New Documentary Image at Caixa Forum Barcelona
Good luck with the future at IAM: Building Utopias curated by PERDIZ Magazine
Martirium at MEAM curated by Ramon Casanova+Jorge Egea
13000 Bouches-du-Rhône in InternatioNow an exhibition at Fort Delta, Melbourne
13000 Bouches-du-Rhône at Marseille vu par 100 photographes du monde, curated by Antoine d’Agata
13 000 Bouches-du-Rhône at Casa Xanxo, Visa pour l’Image
Cultural Containers at Layout Fotografa Spagnola Emergente
Kawah Ijen in el Pais Semanal
Your collection day is: Monday by Jeremy Hutchison on King Kong Magazine Issue 7
Good luck with the future in Photobook Volume 3 · Fisheye
Good luck with the future in Balam Issue 5
Catalogue PHES · Fotografía Española solidaria
Book review by Janelle Lynch in Photo-Eye Blog.
Good luck with the future in Wallpaper*
Good luck with the future in Revista Old
Good luck with the future in Yet Magazine
The man who sails with the stars in El Dorado Experience
Glampers in Purple Magazine
Kawah Ijen published in Too Much Magazine Issue 6
Coneja vs Dulce published in Lost Magazine Issue 2
Cultural Containers featured in Yet Magazine
Cultural Containers published in Ojo de Pez nº 34
Catalogue of the exhibition Marseille vue par 100 photographes du monde
Website design: Affaire
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