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Harmattan2017, Drawings


The Harmattan is a northeasterly trade wind. From November to March it blows particles of the Sahara Desert across West Africa, covering cities such as Dakar in a film of dust. The term 'trade winds' was originally developed by the Portuguese in the fourteenth century. They recognized the importance of these winds for the navigation of slave ships from Africa to Europe.

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Commissioned by Raw Material Company, Dakar