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.
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
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
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)