A graduate from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, Amy Sall holds a master’s degree in Human Rights Studies, concentrating on the right to development and youth empowerment in Sub-Saharan Africa. She received her BA in 2012 from The New School University in Culture and Media Studies, with a concentration in Cultural Studies and a minor in Journalism. Sall is Founder and Editor-in-Chief of SUNU: Journal of African Affairs, Critical Thought + Aesthetics (SUNU Journal), a forthcoming publication seeking to amplify emerging voices and perspectives on matters and ideas concerning Africa and the Diaspora. From 2016 to 2017, she was a Part-time Lecturer in the Culture and Media Studies department of The New School University's Eugene Lang College, where she developed and taught two courses: Third Cinema & The Counter Narratives, and The African Gaze: Postcolonial Visual Culture of Africa & The Social Imagination. She is a 2016 Independent Curators International (ICI) + RAW Material Company Fellow.
With a keen interest in cultural studies, African affairs and artistic expression, Amy Sall is interested in the ways in which visual culture, literature, postcolonial and critical theory inform, shape and encourage contemporary discourses surrounding the socioeconomic, political and cultural. She consults for entities engaged in projects, programming, exhibitions, and/or research relating to contemporary African and Afro-diasporic visual culture (specifically photography and cinema). Her consulting also extends to projects and research centered on African/Afro-diasporic theory, literature and social science. Amy Sall is also a collector of vintage vernacular photography and printed matter coming from Africa and the diaspora (ca. 1950s – 1970s). These Pan-African artifacts are housed in her small, but growing private collection, The Sall Collection. The Sall Collection was established with the ideas of cultural preservation and cultural sovereignty in mind. Its existence serves as a means to maintain agency by pushing back against the neocolonial ways of archiving, collecting, and disseminating African/Black artifacts.
Aside from her academic and entrepreneurial pursuits, Sall also collaborates with fashion and beauty brands. She has collaborated with and has been featured in campaigns for brands such as J. Crew, Armani Beauty, Chloé, MANGO and Kenzo. She has also been featured in publications such as Vogue, Glamour, W Magazine and Kinfolk.
Courses created + taught:
Fall 2016 + Fall 2017/ The African Gaze: Visual Culture of Postcolonial Africa + The Social Imagination (Eugene Lang College; The New School University, New York)
Spring 2017 / Third Cinema + The Counter Narratives (Eugene Lang College, The New School University, New York)
Syllabi and CV available upon request.
Dossier for The Sall Collection available upon request.
Press kit available upon request.
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