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Mamadou

What’s up? My name is Mamadou and I’m a seventeen-year-old who has a passion for art. I am originally from West Africa but moved to Brooklyn when I was five. I was born into a group of people called the Fulani tribe, a tribe very common all over Africa. I am interested in different forms of art and how they reflect life. Art to me is a form of language that has its own unique and different way of sending you a message. Art also makes you question your judgment.

I don’t have many favorite artists yet, but that’s why I’m interested in the Youth Insights artist program: so that I can get a chance to see other artists’ work and make connections between them. I am inspired by the problems we face in everyday life and how we can try to make the best of what we have. I figure we have one life to live and we shouldn’t waste it. I hope to achieve great success and to be able to set an example for others. I hope to change people’s views on the world and life. It’s not about the negative things we are exposed to, but the positive things we can make out of it.

Mamadou leads a tour of the Whitney Biennial 2012 exhibition for teen guests. Photograph by Berry Stein

Mamadou leads a tour of the Whitney Biennial 2012 exhibition for teen guests. Photograph by Berry Stein