The final day of the exhibition Amsterdam-Dakar by Judith Quax at Podium Mozaiek, Amsterdam. At this festive wrap-up, Quax will tell about her journey to Dakar. The Liberian writer Vamba Sherif wrote an essay about Quax’ journey and stories. He’ll read this essay during the finissage.
Photographer Judith Quax travels with her four-year-old Dutch-Senegalese son Noah to Dakar in an old Mercedes. On the way they stay with family and friends and meet other Senegalese migrants. Mother and son film each other and are filmed by the people they meet along the way. In the car, Quax installs a camera to capture the whole jorney from Amsterdam to Dakar. In this film she focuses on the connection between Europe and Africa. She takes along the stories, but also literally baggage, photo’s and video material for families on both continents.
The Senegalese photographer Selle makes photo montages for migrants, using Quax’s portraits and photo’s from the migrants’ collections.
Inspired by his way of working and curious about collaborating, Quax and Selle together made a series of collages of film stills from the Amsterdam-Dakar journey.
Since 2007, Judith Quax has been researching and photographing migration from Senegal to Europe. Her own life has been strongly influenced by this: the father of her son is Senegalese. He lives in New York and the majority of her family-in-law live in Dakar. She is increasingly infusing her work with her own life, so too in Voyage à Dakar, a project in development. She is working on a book and overarching exhibition in conjunction with Paradox.