Du Quotidien 2017 – 2021
US Embassy, Niamey, Niger

Tom Ashcraft, Max Hirshfeld, students from Public Practice, School of Art + Design, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina, U.S.*
Archival pigment print, acrylic face-mount, aluminum composite backing
30.5 x 46 x 1.5 in (77.47 x 116.84 x 3.81 cm) @ 40

Du Quotidien was created during two, 2-day sessions with faculty and student participants from the Studies in Arts and Cultures Program, Université Abdou Moumouni, Niamey, Niger (November 2018) and the School of Art + Design, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina, U.S. (January 2019). During each session, participants were invited to sit for an individual portrait, provide a significant hand-held object for documentation, and to briefly describe their object and how they saw themselves as an artist in their community.

Our goals were to create a transboundary artwork in a structured and meaningful way, and to also generate curiosity about cultural diplomacy.

Not all of the participants and objects from the Du Quotidien project sessions are included in the embassy installation.
All participants can be viewed from the link below

Embassy Installation
Top Row L-R

1.Sakinatou SEYDOU HAÏNIKOYE, Niamey, Niger, 2.Ricardo NAZARIO-COLÓN, Bronx, NY, 3.Kylie PRICE, Houston, TX, 4.Todd MARTIN, Cullowhee, NC, 5.Joseph DAO, Mali, 6.Annabela COCKRELL, Charlotte, NC, 7.David SKINNER, Los Angeles, CA, 8.Mamane Boubacar ZAMAN ALLAH, Arlit, Niger, 9.Maria EDWARDS, Jacksonville, NC, 10.Kabirou ABDOU NAROUA, Zindeer, Niger, 11.Mamane Salifou IRO, Niger, 12.Assoumane SIDIBE LAMINE, Niger, 13.Sara METHOD, Bassett, VA, 14.Ramatou ALTINE, Niger, 15.Mamane Boubacar ZAMAN ALLAH, Arlit, Niger, 16.Lydia SEE, Newburyport, MA, 17.Amivi Venunye Adigbli Virgina ADIGBLI, Lomé, Togo, 18.Jesse LLOYD, Northfield, MN, 19.Amivi Venunye Adigbli Virginia ADIGBLI, Lomé, Togo, 20.Fidel Ousman Aurlus TCHIBOZO, Niamey, Niger

Bottom Row L-R
21. Kalou TIDJANI, Niamey, Niger, 22.Kylie PRICE, Houston, TX, 23. Aminata SALIFOU MODY, Niger, 24.Annaebella COCKRELL, Charlotte, NC, 25.Nassirou SALIOU, Togo, 26.Mamane Salifou IRO, Niger, 27.Lydia SEE, Newburyport, MA, 28.Yacouba MOUMOUNI, Niamey , Niger, 29. Chelsea DOBERT-KEHN, Green Island, NY, 30.Sara METHOD, Bassett, VA, 31.Todd MARTIN, Cullowhee, NC, 32.Ibrahim OUMAROU YACOUBA, Niamey, Niger, 33.Aminata SALIFOU MODY, Niger, 34.Raymond BACCARI, Springfield, VA, 35.Lauren MEDFORD, Waynesville, NC, 36.Ricardo NAZARIO-COLÓN, Bronx, NY, 37.Lex TURNBULL, Ft. Myers, Florida, 38.Korotoumou DJILLA, Sikaso, Mali, 39.Gnandi GBANDI, Tomé, Logo, 40.David SKINNER, Los Angeles, CA

* Public Practice student collaboration and research team, School of Art + Design, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina, U.S. 2017 – 2021
Angela Babb (MAT), Raymond Baccari (MFA), Brendan Best, (MFA), Samantha Blanchard (BSED), Eli Blasko (MFA), Kate Chassner (MFA), Annabela Cockrell (BFA), Kyra Deeter (BSED), Chelsea Dobert-Kehn (MFA), Javier Fox (MFA), Constance Griffin (MAT), Matt Hellgeth (MFA), Perry Houlditch (MFA), Samuel Hutchison (BFA), Mo Kessler (MFA), Todd Martin (BFA), Sara Method (MFA), Kylie Price (MFA), Zachary Rogers (MFA), Kaitlen Rowland (MAT), Lydia See (MFA), Taran Swimmer (MAT), Lex Turnbull (MFA), Charlotte White (MFA)

All Portraits and Objects