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About

Pap Souleye Fall is a Senegalese-American artist who explores the transmedia potentials of sculpture, installation, performance, cosplay, digital media, and comics. Much of his work reflects his growing up within the Diaspora. Being of two worlds, Fall realized that through art he had the ability to construct his own worlds. As such, he became fascinated with the ways art could be embedded in everyday life, activating common materials and encounters to explore themes such as diaspora, post-apocalypse, Utopia, identity, notions of masculinity, Africanisms, and Afro-futurism.

STATEMENT—-

I make videos, sculptures, sounds, paintings and situations that consider feeling and body knowledge as technologies of escapism. I use methods found in cosplaying like world-building, speculative fiction and gameplay, as components that come together to create immersive settings.

 My work questions how systems of power condition reality and how black diasporas navigate, reimagine, and refigure them in order to adapt. My practice necessitates improvisation, iteration, and malleable structures. I work with videos on monitors, cardboard, clothing and wood that are frequently salvaged or recycled. These materials allow me to create strategies and backdrops for joy and immersive experiences. I echo the virtual and the physical as a way to source the black imaginary.


 

Education

Masters in Sculpture at Yale School of the Arts 2022

BFA in Fine Arts (concentration in Sculpture) from The University of the Arts (UArts), 2017.

Awards/ Honors 

2023, Dedalus Foundation Fund for Past Fellows & Awardees

2023, Black Rock Fellowship

2023, Ilab Fellowship 

2022, Dedalus Foundation Emerging Artist Grant

2021, Alice Kimball Travel Grant (Yale)

2017, Florence Whistler Fish Award for Student Excellence (UArts)

2017, Sculpture Faculty Award (UArts)

2017, Philadelphia Sculpture Award (UArts)

2014, Crozier Prize Fund for Outstanding Achievement by a First‐Year Student (UArts)

(X=Exhibition, PER=Performance, RES=Residency, IN=Installation, TCH=Teaching, INTRN=Internship PUB= published  CRT- Visiting Critic )


 

EXHIBITIONS—

X. 2023, Gratin, IT AINT THAT DEEP, 76 Avenue B New York, New York 

X. 2023,  Curated by C.C Mckee, We are They: Glitch Ecology and the Thickness of Now

X. 2023, Marginal Utility, GREEN SCREEN VORTEX AS DIGESTIVE ENGINE FOR DIGITAL MATTER AND MATTER,  ICE BOX PROJECT SPACE 1400 N American St, Philadelphia, PA 19122

X. 2023. Artists Prospering Really is Limitless, New Haven CT 

X. 2022, Housguest Gallery, In the Weed Camouflage and its discontent, 2721 Taylor Blvd Louisville, Kentucky

X. 2022, Yale Art gallery, Next Day Soup sculpture thesis, New Haven CT

X. 2022, Yale Afro Center, Take it Home, New Haven CT

X. 2020, RAW Materials Company, Great Masquerade, Dakar Senegal: March Zine

X. 2018, Waru Studio, Mermoz Senegal: The View from Here 

X. 2018, Gallery Ethiopique, Saint Louis Senegal: Domu Duk

X. 2017, Moore Gallery, Philadelphia PA: 5 into 1

X. 2017, Vox Populi, Philadelphia PA: Emerging Artists of Philadelphia

X. 2017, Aronson Gallery (UArts), Philadelphia PA: Teacher don’t teach me nonsense.

 

PERFORMANCE —

PER. 2023, TILT, “Where The Young Bols Rumble” Jay simple, 1400 N American St, Philadelphia, PA 19122

PER. 2023, </cascading error//errant catalyst/> A Group Exhibition curated by C.C. McKee at Zach’s Crab Shack + The Arts League September 16 - October 21, 2023

PER. 2023, Artists Prospering Really is Limitless, New Haven CT 

PER. 2022, Yale Tsai City 17 Prospect St, New Haven, CT 06511

PER. 2018, Sur Le Canal de la Gueule Tapée, Médina Sénégal: Fréquence Pinton

PER. 2017, Terra Hall (UArts), Philadelphia PA: First World

PER. 2017, Broad St, Philadelphia PA: Suffring n’ Smiling

PER. 2017, Vox Populi, Philadelphia PA: Missdick Vibrocus Vitch-boul Ra Stroke Yureka Cash

PER. 2017, Studio II (UArts), Philadelphia PA: Brutal Beasts


 

RESIDENCY—

RES. 2024, BLACK ROCK, Dakar Senegal

RES. 2023, ILAB, Philadelphia PA United States

RES. 2023, RAIR, Philadelphia PA United States 

RES. 2018, WAAW, Saint Louis Senegal

RES. 2017, Haystacks Mountain School of Crafts, Coast of Dear Isle ME

RES. 2016, Tyler Summer Intensive Painting/ Sculpture Program, Philadelphia PA


 

TEACHING—


 

TCH.  Intro to Sculpture and Object and environment. Faculty at University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA 

 

  • Responsible for ensuring that all students fully comprehended the taught curriculum and provided support to students who required extra guidance

  • Worked closely with the other teachers to ensure all avenues of the curriculum are met and delivered lessons the students

  • Adopted teaching methodologies, documented all lessons.


 

TCH. TA Yale Intro to Sculpture, Sandra Burns Teaching Assistant Yale School of art, New Haven, CT

 

  • Responsible for ensuring that all students fully comprehended the taught curriculum and provided support to students who required extra guidance

  • Worked closely with the other teachers to ensure all avenues of the curriculum are met and delivered lessons the students

  • Adopted teaching methodologies, documented all lessons.

 

TCH. TA Principles of Animation, Ben Hagari Teaching Assistant Yale School of art, New Haven, CT

 

  • Responsible for ensuring that all students fully comprehended the taught curriculum and provided support to students who required extra guidance

  • Worked closely with the other teachers to ensure all avenues of the curriculum are met and delivered lessons the students

  • Adopted teaching methodologies, documented all lessons.

  • Critique and grade student work

  • Technical set up


 

TCH. 2018 SABS Senegalese American Bilingual School, sculpture and drawing 

Sculpture teacher

SABS (Senegalese American Bilingual School), Dakar, Senegal

  • Met parents and school governors; maintain discipline in the classroom;methodically provide resources for lessons; simplify lesson plans 

  • Assess and look after 50+ students' progress throughout the term and work closely with other staff to efficiently plan and coordinate work

  • Provide informative presentations to students regarding different areas of studies and ensure that all students fully comprehend all aspects

 

TCH. Summer Program Sunu Thiossane, Dance, painting, and theater 




 

INTERNSHIP—

 

​INTRN. 2015, Alex de Corte, Philadelphia PA

INTRN. 2014, Curlee Holton, Easton PA

 

VISITING CRITIC—

CRT- University of Texas Visiting Artsist lecture October 7. 2021

CRT- University of the Arts Visiting Artist Critic October 8. 2020

 

PUBLISHED—

 

PUB. Philly Art Blog DEAD PIXEL MANGA monthly issues year 2023

 

PUB. My footprint entertainment inc. @saturday_am Online platform, OBLIVION ROUGE manga

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