Giving Thanks [Tree Bark Series]
18 x 14” Digital Print on archival paper
Signed & Numbered Limited Edition of 40
©2015 Djibril N’Doye
Giving is part of everyday life.
Growing up farming like every other family, preparing a meal and bringing it to the heart of the village when one does not necessarily have to wait for what his own family will bring. It is a communal feast of sharing. Giving from your stock of grain to a friend or neighbor goes without saying which has nothing to do with trading. It is all about giving. My parents’ generation were raised that way. Growing up farming, I also was raised that way.
When political systems and education become dependent on the structure of the former colonial systems including the national dialect, many of the social values are slowly disappearing. It is a big change almost anticipated by the educational system. It is like an outside political system sat and supervised it designed to direct changes without saying. Communal living is becoming individual living. Change can be good but I don’t think we should call it positive change because it takes away historical traditional ways of life.