Hyacinthe Ouattara

Born in 1981 in Burkina Faso, Hyacinthe Ouattara is a mainly self-taught visual artist. He now lives and works in France. After several experiences with workshops, with a background in live-model drawing, Hyacinthe Ouattara first pictured the human body in a dreamlike, ghostly and childish way before entering his bowels and concentrating his work on the anatomy of cellular tissues through "human cartographies" Matter, texture and colours are of great importance in his pictorial work. Sometimes a patchwork appears. His drawings, meanwhile, are spontaneous, gestural and question the human. His installations often play with suspensions, questioning the balance and the imbalance. They are as well a reflection on the memory and, since he focuses on the textile, on an organic aspect. The textile also allows him to question the ambivalence between appearance and disappearance, representation and intimacy, identity in the broad sense. His sculptures in twisted and knotted textiles take up this obsession with the organic and examine the concept of links. He participated in exhibitions in Paris, Berlin, Dakar, Ouagadougou, Accra, Luxembourg, Kalgoorlie, etc. More


Organic Mood, D Galerie, Paris, France
Cartographies Humaines, Galerie art-z, Paris, France
Travelling, Centre Culturel Max Juclier, Villeneuve-la-Garenne, France
Solo Show, SometimeStudio Gallery, Paris, France
Parcours, Ecole Municipale des Beaux-Arts, Villejuif, France
Le hublot, Ivry-Sur-Seine, France
« Yaalà », Alliance Française Accra, Ghana. 
Gestes et expressivités, médiathèque Saint-Pons, Villeneuve-lès-Avignon, France
Hyacinthe Ouattara dans l'arène, Institut Français, Ouagadougou, Burkina-Faso
Dessins, Goethe Institut, Ouagadougou, Burkina-Faso
Galerie Taa Ka Na, Rennes, France
Promenade, Villa Yiri Suma, Ouagadougou, Burkina-Faso
Mémoire d'hier, Villa Sikandra, Ouagadougou, Burkina-Faso

Investec Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town, South Africa
Dialogues, techniques mixtes sur papier, Afikaris, Online exhibition 
Biennale d'art Contemporain DAK'ART OFF 2018, DAKAR, Sénégal
Trêve d'exotisme, en collaboration avec Galerie Nosbaum Reding-Galerie Atiss, Brasserie Clausel, Luxembourg
« PARTCOURS » 6ième édition, Galerie Atiss, Dakar, Sénégal
EXPOSITION INTERNATIONALE D'ART CONTEMPORAIN D'AFRIQUE, La Fabrique Culturelle des Abattoirs, Casablanca, Maroc
L'alchimie des Formes, Espace Bastides, Valence-sur-Baïse, France
ARTCOP 22, Marrakech, Maroc
18° Biennale Internationale "Petit Format de papier", Musée du Petit Format, Nismes et Ecoles des Arts de Braine-l'Alleud, Belgique
Art en Vrac (9* Rencontre des Arts Contemporains), Salies-de-Béarn, France
Just Make Art, Galerie Joseph, Paris, France 
Galerie Goldenberg, Paris, France
Galerie du Parc, Joué-lès-Tours, France
Espace Culturel de la Douve, Langeais, France
Le Chêne (Centre de Création Alternatif), Villejuif, France
Espace Culturel Anes Art'Gonne, Evres-en-Argonne, France
17° Biennale Internationale « Petit Format de Papier », Musée du Petit Format, Nismes et ULB Culture, Bruxelles, Belgique
L'Ancien Cercle Artistique, Tournai, Belgique
Académie des Beaux-Arts, Tamines, Belgique 
Cité des Arts, Chambéry, France
Mouvement, Espace Culturel Fil Bleu, Lomé, Togo
L'Art Burkinabè en mouvement, Chapelle des Pénitents Gris, Villeneuve-lez-Avignon, France
Ouagadougou ! Soit dit en passant/Nebenbei, Berlin, Allemagne
Mondes en Scène, Galerie G, Paris, France
Musée du Marbre de Rance, Belgique
Souffles, Villa Yiri Suma, Ouagadougou, Burkina-Faso
Galerie Taa Ka Na, Rennes, France
« Ouagadougou ! Soit dit en passant/Nebenbei bemerkt », Galerie der HBK Saar (Hochuleschule der Bildenden Künste Saar), Saarbrücken, Allemagne
Promenade, Villa Yiri Suma, Ouagadougou, Burkina-Faso
Encres et pailles, Goethe Institut, Ouagadougou, Burkina-Faso 
Art from West Africa, Kalgoorlie/Perth, Australie

La Fabrique Culturelle des Abattoirs, Casablanca, Maroc
Cité des Arts, Chambéry, France
Espace Culturel Fil Bleu, Lomé, Togo
L'aciérie de Völklingen, la Völklingen Hütte (en partenariat avec l'école des Beaux-Arts de Saabrücken), Allemagne

You often work with series. Why?
I work like a musician. I compose my series of artworks in a manner akin to the production of a record. Each embodies an aesthetic, social or philosophical area of research and exploration, whilst still supplementing one another and echoing similar messages and feelings.

How did you have the idea to draw "human cartographies”? What do they represent for you? 
This idea of human cartographies came to me in 2015 when I started to observe the Parisian urban space. When I was going out and taking public transport, I was observing the corridors of the Parisian metro and I had a kind of silent discussion. I saw it like a human flow moving quickly while keeping a certain physical distance. I was a little bit shocked. I wanted to represent these parts of cells like traces of my memory of the world I belong to. I wanted to link these lines in my drawings, to link people together, to ensure that none of the characters are alone.

Your body of work has no limit, including installations, sculpture, performance, and painting. How do you choose which medium you work with? 
I always saw my practice as echoing life and the space surrounding us: an infinite and undetermined space. I think that the time I have won’t allow me to explore everything. There is then a kind of absolute emergency to experience and explore everything. I consider markets and flea markets like open sky museums. I also listen to what happens around me. The choice of mediums is unexpected. It is for me, like a call, a necessity to choose a specific medium depending on what I want to express. It can come from a state of anger, from a picture, a song, or a basic observation of the world. I suddenly have images coming to my mind. This is how my creations come to life.

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