I am living in a community house in the very centre of the vibrant neighborhood of Ouakam, Dakar. A year ago I drove down from Europe by car with a friend and decided to stay in Dakar, just because it has such good vibes! As we ran out of money we decided to rent out a room in the appartment. In the meantime we are trying to earn a living through other things, such as designing clothes. We are both interested in contemporary art, shifting the perspective to the global south and kind of countering the Western cultural hegemony. I am specifically interested in dual identities and the process of disidentifying, migration, the (post) colonial. We both studied Art History and Cultural Studies. Somehow I want to integrate my excitement for visual art with designing clothes. I am now designing clothes for people in the Netherlands mainly, hoping to extend it to other countries and moreover to Senegal.
For the moment I am searching for someone who can do branding and marketing, basically getting my designs out there. Whether online, physically in shops/festivals or through media, anything you can think of. It would be wonderful to work with someone who is specialized in this field. If you want to collaborate on a more artistic level, lets say photography please don’t hesitate to contact me as well.
Seeing we are right in the very local area of Ouakam, in the tiny alleys where you find us there are hardly any foreigners around, you will quickly get a sense of the lifestyle here. I have been living here for 1,5 years and can show you around also, whether scoring textiles, going to the different markets around, having lunch at a neighbors, there is a lot to discover and all of the community house will be happy to share and exchange.
I need someone who is ready to get involved full on and is really into the actual thoughts behind the label, understanding the general aims and who has a personal connection to them, please find more info on our website. I can message you the details.
Someone with a marketing/ branding background would be perfect, who excells in making connections and who is able to navigate their way through the fashion scene in Dakar and internationally.
Dutch, English, Italian, French, German, hopefully some more Wolof soon
We are hosting people in our appartment and are now looking forward to making it an exchange as well. You will have your own room. The house in Ouakam, close to the beach and easy with transport.
You can use anything in the kitchen, I can imagine that we cook together or get a meal from a nearby restaurant (something we usually do for lunch). The house is really open, meaning there are people over all the time, our neighbors, friends and all together we organize events and establish connections with the neeighborhood.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week