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Bamba Niass: Jëf Jël

When: Sat., June 23, 6-10 p.m. 2012

One thing that sets the Carrack apart is that it turns itself completely over to an artist for each show. Chapel Hill's Bamba Niass plans to annex the downtown Durham gallery for his native Senegal in a show of multimedia work—featuring the live creation of a 10x20-foot mural during the opening reception—called Jëf Jël, meaning "one receives what one brings." Imbued with Sufi philosophy and Senegalese history, Niass' work is both devotional and documentarian. His straightforward style incorporates a startling variety of reused materials such as wood, fabric, glass and mirrors into a smooth and earnest whole. The 6–10 p.m. opening includes a Sufi chant and Senegalese music performance, as well as spiced coffee and tea and Sufi archival films. The exhibit runs until June 28. —Chris Vitiello

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