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Raw Material Company announces the exhibition Suñu Jant, marking the launch of Olafur Eliasson and Frederik Ottesen's Little Sun solar-powered lamp in Senegal.

Suñu Jant is a Wolof phrase that means "our sun." From 28 February to 30 March 2013, Raw Material Company features Little Sun, a solar-powered artwork developed by acclaimed artist Olafur Eliasson and engineer Frederik Ottesen to get light to the 1.6 billion people in the world with no access to electricity. Suñu Jant marks the beginning of an ambitious plan to distribute Little Sun in Senegal, spearheaded by Raw Material Company.

The exhibition includes a series of photographs and sixteen short films by young, emerging filmmakers from Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and the Americas made in response to an invitation from Olafur Eliasson to produce works about light, energy and Little Sun. The program includes films by Alejo Moquillansky (Argentina), Ana Peru (USA), Anocha Suwichakornpong (Thailand), Dominga Sotomayor (Chile), Hawa Essuman (Kenya), Kivu Ruhorahoza (Rwanda), Man Kit Lam (The Netherlands), Natasha Mendonca (India), Omelga Mthiyane (Souh Africa), Oscar Ruiz Navia (Colombia), Peter Tukei Muhumuza (Uganda), Sherman Ong (Malaysia) and Susan Youssef (USA).

Since the early 1990s, Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson has continually pursued ideas of sharing and sensing space. He explores and challenges people's patterns of perception, finding nature a constant source of fascination, inside as well as outside. Little Sun is a powerful reminder that we share the same fundamental needs all over the world—happiness, love and light in our lives.

"Little Sun is a work of art that works in life. It transforms the light that is for all of us into light that is for each of us. Light determines what we do and how we do it. Little Sun is a wedge that opens up the urgent discussion about bringing sustainable energy to all from the perspective of art."—Olafur Eliasson

"The African continent possesses abundant natural energy resources, and yet sustainable forms of energy supply are not widely available to its population. Africa provides an ideal ground for discussing this urgent global energy crisis. Raw Material Company is very happy to join Little Sun in spreading light and safe energy in Senegal."—Koyo Kouoh

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Olafur Eliasson & Frederik Ottesen
Sunu Jant (Little Sun)