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Yelimane Fall

After many personal difficulties, Yelimane Fallís career as an artist and furniture maker seemed to be over. He then had a vision that inspired his devotion to Amadu Bamba and Yelimane Fallís life changed. Fall now studies the teachings of the saint, lectures about him, and illustrates his lecture with posters that he paints of Bambaís life. He works especially with children who show signs of self-destruction similar to those that he experienced. He teaches children to paint, to work at tasks such as making soap from local materials and he encourages them to use their abilities in constructive ways.

Yelimane Fall
Studio and residence with paintings. This corner of a room displays many works with the image of Amadu Bamba, and the use of calligraphy is well shown. In the upper right you can see a portion of a painting of a person standing as the trunk of a tree, covered by a long message about the evils of drug abuse. The musical instrument in the corner is a stringed kora harp. How might you combine the written word and other visual forms to create a powerful work of art? What messages would you communicate in your work?

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