Malick Welli

Spiritual Phenomena series, Sisters of Saint Joseph de Clunny order

Born 1990, Kaffrine, Senegal.

Lives & works in Dakar, Senegal.

Malick Welli is a Senegalese artist who works in photography, fashion, and spirit. His work captures and represents the human condition, which for him, is a spiritual condition of duality, contradiction, and the path of self-questioning. The multi-disciplinary adept differentiates spirituality, something to be lived, from religion, something to be followed.

Deeply researched, Welli’s scenes are carefully selected and composed with models, attire and color chosen for a context and feature landmarks of spiritual significance of a given community. Doubling and masking serve to signify spiritual presence; the prosaic form of the portrait projects an ethereal content. The realism betrays and undoes itself. Much like the artists’ love of self-inquiry and the resulting alienation from his own cultural surroundings, the art estranges itself from the expectations placed upon it.

Welli’s works have been widely collected and exhibited. Selected exhibitions include 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, New York (2021), EXPO CHGO, Chicago, USA (2019), Cairo Biennale, Egypt (2019), AKAA (Also Known As Africa) fair, Paris, France (2018). His work has recently been acquired by the Chazen Museum of Art, Madison, Wisconsin, USA.


Solo shows:

2021 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, New York, USA

2019 Spiritual phenomena, Egyptian Modern Art museum, Cairo Biennale, Egypte

2019 Spiritual phenomena, Movenpick Hotel Marrakech, Marrakech, Maroc

2018 3rd edition of the AKAA fair “Also Known As Africa”, Paris, France

2018 Untitled, OFF DakArt, Dakar Contemporary art biennale, Galerie Atiss, Dakar, Sénégal

2016 Cogito, Hôtel Djoloff, OFF DakArt, Dakar, Contemporary art biennale, OFF DakArt, Hôtel Djoloff, Dakar, Sénégal

Group shows:

2019 Saint-Louis to St Louis, Blackpuffin, Chicago, USA

2019 Expo Chicago Townhall, Chicago, USA

2018  Dakar ville en mouvement, an exhibition organised by the bank« Société Générale », Pullman Téranga Hôtel, Dakar, Sénégal

2017-2018 Duet, MuPho (Musée de la photographie de Saint-Louis, Senegal): inaugural exhibition and permanent collection, Saint-Louis, Sénégal

2016 Les Porteuses, OFF DakArt, Dakar Contemporary art biennale, British Council, Dakar, Sénégal

2016 OFF DakArt, Musée de la femme Henriette Bathily, Dakar Contemporary art biennale, Sénégal

2016 14th DWG Art show, Dakar, Sénégal

2015 Transition, Galerie Nationale, Dakar, Sénégal

2015 13th DWG Art show, Musée Theodore Monod, Ex IFAN Dakar, Sénagal

2014 Pour les Noirs et pour les Blancs, Hierro Desvilles Gallery, Lille, France

Recent acquisitions

2021 Chazen Museum of Art, Madison, Wisconsin, USA

2019 Ken and Nancy Kranzberg, Missouri, USA

2019 Ambassade de France au Sénégal

2018 MuPho (Musée de la photographie de Saint-Louis, Senegal)