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University of Denver

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Fall 2011

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Senegal: National Identity and the Arts


The vibrant, chaotic, and interactive Car Rapide, a poignant micro-culture in Dakar, is a visually communicative entity and social space in Senegal’s transportation system. From an outsider’s gaze, this project addresses the history, artistic and religious significance, inner-workings of the system of employees, and present day implications of the car-rapide. The car-rapide emerges as the embodiment of both valuable and challenging aspects of Senegalese culture.


African Studies | Other Communication | Place and Environment | Sociology of Culture | Transportation


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