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Assane Dione
At one time this artist was a designer of furniture and was headed for a career in graphic arts. He was also a wrestler and helped coach the national wrestling team of Senegal. Today he lives the life of a talibe (similar to a monk) and his artwork is made mainly for his teacher, Serigne Faye. Dione’s large portraits of Mouride saints, especially Amadu Bamba, now decorate the rooms where Serigne Faye lives, receives his followers, and gives sermons. The special reception room, with its many sacred images, is called an "imagorium." With the prayers and singing, these works, in part, structure the devotion of Sheikh Bamba’s devotees. Sometimes the paintings Dione has made for the "imagorium" are taken out into public spaces. The pictures of the saint thus convert ordinary locations into holy places of worship.

Assane Dione
Serigne Modou Faye’s bedroom in Dakar, Senegal. Assane Dione’s paintings fill the room. Even the ceiling has been painted to look like the sky full of flying birds. The large painting is of Amadu Bamba’s first follower, Sheikh Ibra Fall who usually is shown working, but here is portrayed seated on a throne. To the side you can see a small portrait of Amadu Bamba. How would such a space affect you? How might it shape your interaction with the divine?

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