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Thiaroye 1944

Liberty

Thiaroye 1944

2016

Omar Victor Diop

(Senegalese, b. 1980)

Inkjet print on Hahnemüle paper

Image: 80.5 x 109.8 cm (31 11/16 x 43 1/4 in.); Paper: 92.5 x 111.8 cm (36 7/16 x 44 in.)

Mr. and Mrs. Richard W. Whitehill Art Purchase Endowment Fund 2020.229

Edition: Artist Proof, 1/1

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Did you know?

Although the story of Thiaroye is one of violence, Diop emphasizes hope instead, symbolized by the flowers.

Description

These men represent Senegalese Tirailleurs, West African soldiers serving in the French army. Those who had been prisoners of war in World War II learned that they would receive no back pay and smaller pensions than white prisoners of war. They protested at Thiaroye; some were killed and many imprisoned. That revolt sparked a nationalist movement in Senegal that eventually liberated the country from French colonial rule.

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