painting a mural on a wall that stretches as long as two football fields.
On that mural
you paint many images of people who you think are important to the history
of the world.
An artist named Papisto did just that. When
Papisto Boy (whose real name is Pape Samb) was ten years old, he came
to the city
of Dakar. He still lives there in a tiny one-room shack that has just
enough space for the
hammock he sleeps on. He
has been working on the mural for many years. On the wall he has painted
pictures of local
workers, world leaders like Nelson Mandela of South Africa and even
especially Bob Marley. More than any other image, Papisto has painted
the Sufi saint
whose teachings he follows: Amadu Bamba. Many
local people and visitors to the area admire the work of Papisto and
the story of world
history that his mural tells. One person who does not want the mural
to exist is the owner
of the factory on whose wall Papisto has painted the mural. Papisto
argues that whatever
occurs within the walls of the factory is the managerís business, but
that the exterior
walls facing onto the road belong to the people of the city.
of the Belaire factory mural. (Photo taken in 1999) The mural stretches
about 600 feet along the outer walls of a factory compound. The work
is always in progress and portraits are often added, sometimes right
over portraits of other people. The people depicted on the mural include
entertainers, world leaders and human-rights activists. Papisto calls
his work literature and poetry and intends it to teach his view of world
history. Can you identify any of the individuals portrayed? What figures
would you include in such a mural?
might this work be placed?