June 18 – 28, 2012
In his hometown of Dakar, Senegal, Bamba Niass is at the forefront of the West African muralist movement, where his work fills entire city blocks with depictions of the Senegalese Sufi saints, bold designs, and tributes to the neighborhood.
Jëf Jël is about the philosophy of Bamba’s Sufi group from Senegal. This tariqa, Mouridia, came from the leadership of early 20th century Senegalese Sufi saint Cheikh Amadou Bamba (also known as Serigne Touba). Through a process of intensive Qu’ranic study, service, exile, and the writing of mystical poetry, he founded a philosophy of peaceful resistance and valor by which the Senegalese survived French colonization and built a new, nonviolent society, rich in faith and the arts.
June 18, 2012