Senegal | May 2023
Laeïla Adjovi is a Beninese-French multidisciplinary artist based in Dakar, Senegal. Photographer, visual artist and researcher, her favorite themes relate to culturel hybridity, multi-layered identities, visible and invisible borders, and the African cultural heritage. Her work has been exhibited in Senegal, Ethiopia, Morocco, Benin, France, South Africa, the UK, the US, and Cuba.
In 2018, she was the recipient of the Leopold Sedar prize for her poem and photographic series Malaïka Dotou Sankofa, done in collaboration with French photographer Loïc Hoquet. In 2019, thanks to an artistic residency in Benin with the Zinsou Foundation, she started her ongoing project The Roads of Yemoja about African spirituality in Nigeria, Benin and Cuba. In 2020, she received a grant from the Musagetes foundation to pursue this work, and in 2021, she started a Phd titled The Roads of Yemoja: Nomad spirituality, oral transmission and cultural resistance.