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In pictures: Play, prayers and power explored at Dak'Art

Senegalese artist Baba Ly was one of dozens of artists to present at one of the Dakar Biennale's "Off" sites. Here he stands amid paintings from his series on urbanism. Image copyright Ricci Shryock

Africa's largest biennial, Dak'Art, showcases the best of African contemporary art. Photographer Ricci Shryock met some of the 65 artists taking part in the month-long exhibition that has just ended in Senegal.

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Image caption Nigerian artist Victor Ehikhamenor took inspiration for his work titled The Prayer Room from places where elders meet and decide on community matters.
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Image caption Chess pieces were re-imagined in this worked called Varna's Dharma by Senegalese artist Kemi Bassene.
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Image caption The Leopold Senghor award of Dakā€™Art 2016 was given to the Egyptian-Swiss artist Youssef Limoud for this work Maqam, which recalled the calm after a storm.
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Image caption Lavar Munroe, from the Bahamas and one of some artists from outside Africa exhibiting, attempted to challenge the notions of trash and treasure in his piece A Hero's Journey to a Distant Land.
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Image caption Like Play Like Play by Nigerian artist Modupeola Fadugba explored play "as a form of resistance to the suppression of freedom of expression".
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Image caption Benin artist Fabrice Monteiro turned his attention on the ex-emperor of Central African Republic with his piece President, This is not a Phoenix. It was a model of Jean-Bedel Bokassa's throne, made out of solid gold.
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Image caption Senegalese artist Baba Ly displayed his series of interpretations on what it means to live in a built-up area
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Image caption Other art brought in from outside the continent included this piece by Indian artists Pisurow Jitendra Suralkar and Sumesh Sharma.
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Image caption Sri Lankan artist Pradeep Thalawatta's City Circle tackled feelings of isolation and loneliness in a big city.
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Image caption At the opening ceremony, which was attended by Senegalese President Macky Sall, women wore traditional Toucouleur outfits.
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Image caption Unexpected parts of Dakar became part of the art, including the capital's town hall.

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