Alun Be Senegalese, b. 1981

"Africa is not striving to be modern anymore, that has already happened. It is modernity that is striving to be African. I am part of a new generation of autodidact artist from West Africa, with at the core a desire to offer the world a new window to the creativity of the African continent in our own form." Alun Be

Born Alioune Ba in 1981 in Dakar, Senegal, Be owes the development of his work in large part to his French, American and West African education.


I he studied at the University of Miami, before completing a master's degree in architecture at the San Francisco Academy of Art. Alun Be spent two years in Senegal as an architect. A move to Denmark awakened his passion for photography. Through his photographs, Alun Be seeks to depict African modernity.


Since then, Be has exhibited at the Milan World Expo (2015), the Dakar Biennale (2018), the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago (2018), the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris (2021) among others, and has spoken at TEDxNapoli and TEDxWanChai Salon. His photography series mainly deal with intergenerationality, women's empowerment, and technology.