The walking man is of course a figure that evokes departure, traveling, nomadism and ex- ile. He reveals both the deeply mobile nature of man and his capacity to literally and figura- tively “move forward”. These walkers also possess the fol- lowing meaning for the artist: a determined walk towards the future, a “long walk towards change”, he said. The walkers are therefore doubly symbolic: of this walk, sometimes forced by events or elements but that naturally pushes man towards discovering new places, and of man’s fierce commitment to progress.
The Exile Pavilion represented a unique occasion to honour this internationally renowned Senegalese artist who recently passed away.