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Laylah Amatullah Barrayn - Jamm Rek: Quotidien Senegal
ON VIEW: September 27– October 6, 2019, 12pm to 8pm
Opening with Artist: September 27, 6pm to 8pm
Open House: September 28, 4pm to 7pm
Talk with Curator: September 30, 6pm to 8pm
62 Church Street, London, NW8 8, United Kingdom
Jamm Rek is a response commonly used in Senegal when a person is greeted. It loosely means ‘only peace’ in Wolof. It is a fitting title for Laylah Amatullah Barrayn’s solo exhibition, which is a visual register of her travels to various cities in the West African nation over the last decade. Jamm Rek - a sense of gratitude, mindfulness and spiritual connectedness - was a consistent state of being when Barrayn was drawn to create a photograph. “I wanted to record the moments where I felt a heightened sense of stillness, joy and love, I wanted to remember what was happening.”
Many of the photographs of Jamm Rek were made as visual notes during her journeys through Senegal: shopping in Marché des HLM in Dakar, a morning walk along the river in Podor or believers exiting the Tijani masjid at dusk in Ndar. Some images have never been exhibited before, while others are from previous projects, including Saint-Louis: Portrait of a Layered City, and Baye Fall: Roots in Spirituality, Fashion, and Resistance.
Through documentary photography and portraiture, Barrayn has explored collective histories as varied as resistance movements in Senegalese Sufism to queer identities among Black women living in New York City. Her work seeks to highlight the intersectionality of these communities, specifically as it relates to religion, gender and sexuality.
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