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

SELECTED SOLO SHOWS


2020
“ORGANIC MOOD”, D Galerie, Paris, France


2017
“TRAVELLING”, Centre Culturel Max Juclier, Villeneuve-la-Garenne, France


“CARTOGRAPHIES”, Galerie art-Z, Paris, France.


2016
“CABINET DE CURIOSITES”, SometimeStudio Gallery, Paris, France


2015
“PARCOURS”, Ecole Municipale des Beaux-Arts, Villejuif, France


2013
“YAALA”, Alliance Française Accra, Accra, Ghana.
“HYACINTHE OUATTARA DANS L'ARENES”, Institut Français, Ouagadougou, Burkina-Faso


2012
“DESSINS”, Goethe Institut, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso “Promenade”, Villa Yiri Suma, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso





2020
Interesect Chicago online Art Fair, Chicago, US
“Un monde d’abstraction”, 193 Gallery, Paris, France Investec Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town, South Africa


2019
“EYES EAST BOUND”, Cairo Biennale 13, Cairo, Egypt


2018
“UNTITLED”, DAK’ART OFF, Dakar, Senegal AKAA Art Fair, Paris, France
Dubaï Art Fair, Dubaï, UAE


2016
La Fabrique Culturelle des Abattoirs, Casablanca, Morocco
“L’ALCHIMIE DES FORMES”, Esapce Bastides, Valence-Sur-Baïse, France
ART COP 22, Marrakech, Morocco
18ème Biennale Internationale «Petit Format de papier», Musée du Petit Format, Nismes and Ecoles des Arts de Breun L’Alleud, Belgium


2015
“JUST MAKE ART”, Galerie Joseph, Paris, France


2014
17e Biennale Internationale «Petit Format de Papier», Musée du Petit Format, Nismes and ULB Culture, Bruxelles, Belgium


2012
“WAKATSÔNGO”, Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz, Berlin, Germany


2011
“Ouagadougou ! Soit dit en passant/Nebenbei bemerkt”, Gallery der HBK Saar(Ho chuleschule der Bildenden Kunste Saar), Saarbrücken, Germany


2010


“ENCRES ET PAILLES”, Goethe Institut, Ouagadougou, Burkina-Faso “Art From West Africa”, Kargoorlie/Perth, Australie. 





 


 


RESIDENCES 



2016 
La Fabrique Culturelle des Abattoirs, Casablanca, Maroc



2013 
Cité des Arts, Chambéry, France
Espace Culturel Fil Bleu, Lomé, Togo



2011 
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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