Art and coronavirus: Graffiti artists in Senegal join fight against COVID-19
Even as figures reported across Africa are still relatively small compared with parts of Asia and Europe, artists in Senegal -- which has so far reported over 100 cases with no deaths – are encouraging prevention measures and heading off false information, including one online rumour that only white people can catch the disease.
RBS CREW -- a collective of graffiti artists in Senegal have offered up their spray cans to raise awareness among the masses against COVID-19, a disease caused by coronavirus which is wreaking havoc across the world.
One of their artwork, a mural stretched over 10 metres of wall in Senegal’s seaside capital Dakar, shows a giant pair of hands reaching out for sanitiser, and a woman in hoop earrings and a facemask coloured blue, red, gold and green.
Black and yellow block letters spell out the message “Together against COVID-19”.
Another one shows people washing their hands with soap and water and sneezing into their elbows.
“As Senegalese we have a duty, a responsibility to raise awareness,” said Serigne Mansour Fall, the 33-year-old head of the collective who goes by the name “Mad Zoo”.
“Especially as the majority of the population is illiterate, as artists, we can communicate through visuals,” said Fall, whose past work has focused more on Dakar street life and Malcolm X.
Take a look at the group’s graffiti work:
Senegal had reported 119 cases and no deaths as of Friday. Figures reported across Africa are still relatively small compared with parts of Asia and Europe, but the World Health Organization has warned the continent’s window to act is narrowing. That, said the head of the collective, makes it even more important to encourage prevention measures and head off false information, including one online rumor that only white people can catch the disease.
RBS CREW was set up in 2012 with the goal, according to its website, of making messages ring out “like blasts of gunfire”.