Dak'Art 2008 Biennale to honour laureates on opening day
The eight members of the jury for the eighth Biennale of Contemporary African Art, Dak'Art 2008, are in the Senegalese capital Dakar to choose laureates for the event, from Africa or the Diaspora, during the official opening on Friday.
The event ends on 9 June 2008.
Biennale commissioner-general Magučye Kassé, also a member of the jury, told a press conference that "serious state-of-the-art work is being done to normally pass the verdict in time."
Eight prizes including the Léopold Sédar Senghor Grand Prix, the Culture Minister Prize, the EU Prize and the Francophonie Prize, will be awarded for the selected works – 36 for the international exhibition and 12 for the design fair.
The Mali conservatory of arts and multimedia trades director, Fasséké Balla Kouyate lamented the "short time" allotted to selecting artistic works but insisted that the jury members must be impartial.
He suggested the best would be for the commissioner to visit artists wherever they are to give a chance to younger creators, especially those unable to apply or are not informed.
The Dak'Art 2008 jury members are from South Africa, Germany, France, Mali, Senegal and Sweden.