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The 13th edition of Dak'Art, a key contemporary African art exhibition, has opened in Senegal. Six of the artists chose to take the longest route to Dakar in a rusty yellow bus. Senegalese President Macky Sall welcomed hundreds of artists, critics, curators and dignitaries representing Africa and the diaspora at the opening ceremony at the National Grand Theatre. The six artists from across West Africa and Germany had set off from Lagos in Nigeria two weeks ago, aboard a rusty faded yellow school bus that may have seen better days.

Art over 3,000 miles

Some 3,000 miles (5,000 km) later, after having made their way through Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana and Ivory Coast, they pulled up at Dak'Art this week. Their journey is part of the "Stretched Terrains” mobile residency program of the Goethe Institute, Germany's non-profit cultural association. The project is the brainchild of Nigerian-born artist Emeka Udemba. As curator, he explores the concept of travel, destination and ambition.

Udemba was on the bus with Ray Claver Agbo of Ghana, Monsuru Alashe of Nigeria, Souleymane Konate of Ivory Coast, Dame Dionge of Senegal and Gabriel Goller of Germany. Their digital and other visual art is being shown at the Goethe Institute's exhibition space in Dakar as part of the biennale.