Projet Maquis, Dakar (2015, with chef Pierre Thiam)In Socially Engaged Projects
Projet Maquis is a socially engaged art installation that will work with a community of underground restaurants known as maquis to foster cultural exchange, education and job skills in Dakar. Projet Maquis will highlight the complexities of the ad hoc food distribution system in Senegal. The artist will collaboratively customize a number of the single-axle donkey carts commonly used to transport and sell food and goods throughout Dakar into mobile restaurants run by maquis owners. This will draw locally sourced indigenous recipes out of the homes of the maquis owners, and into the streets and markets. The cart assembly will feature roll up tarpaulins custom designed and printed as digitally printed camouflage made from minute photos of recipes, menus, maquis restaurants, and people. The “camouflage” that the maquis restaurants operate under by being sited in private homes will be transformed into a proud marker for some of thetastiest, freshest, and healthiest food available on the street.