HYACINTHE OUATTARA

HYACINTHE OUATTARA was born in 1981 in Burkina Faso. He is a mainly self-taught visual artist. He lives currently in France. After several workshop experiences, with training in life drawing, Hyacinthe Ouattara first represented the human body in a dreamlike, ghostly and childlike way before penetrating its entrails and focusing his work on the anatomy of cellular tissues through "human cartographies".

Material, texture and colour are of great importance in his painting works. Sometimes a patchwork appears. His drawings are spontaneous, gestural and question the human being. Her installations often play with suspensions, questioning balance and instability. They are also a reflection on memory and, as he focuses on textiles, on an organic aspect.

Textiles also allow him to question the ambivalence between appearance and disappearance, representation and intimacy, identity in the broadest sense. His sculptures in twisted and knotted textiles take up this obsession with the organic and question the notion of connection. He has participated in exhibitions in Paris, Berlin, Dakar, Ouagadougou, Accra, Luxembourg, Kalgoorlie, etc.


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DES EXPOSITIONS INDIVIDUELLES SÉLECTIONNÉES


2020
"ORGANIC MOOD", D Galerie, Paris, France


2017
"VOYAGES", Centre Culturel Max Juclier, Villeneuve-la-Garenne, France


"CARTOGRAPHIES", Galerie art-Z, Paris, France.


2016
"CABINET DE CURIOSITÉS", Galerie SometimeStudio, 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, États-Unis
"Un monde d'abstraction", Galerie 193, Paris, France Investec Cape Town Art Fair, Le Cap, Afrique du Sud


2019
"YEUX VERS L'EST", Biennale du Caire 13, Le Caire, Égypte


2018
"SANS TITRE", DAK'ART OFF, Dakar, Sénégal AKAA Art Fair, Paris, France
Dubaï Art Fair, Dubaï, Émirats arabes unis


2016
La Fabrique Culturelle des Abattoirs, Casablanca, Maroc
"L'ALCHIMIE DES FORMESEsapce Bastides, Valence-Sur-Baïse, France
ART COP 22, Marrakech, Maroc
18ème Biennale Internationale "Petit Format de papier", Musée du Petit Format, Nismes et Ecoles des Arts de Breun L'Alleud, Belgique


2015
"FAIRE DE L'ART"Galerie Joseph, Paris, France




2014
17e Biennale Internationale "Petit Format de Papier", Musée du Petit Format, Nismes et ULB Culture, Bruxelles, Belgique




2012
"WAKATSÔNGO", Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz, Berlin, Allemagne


2011
"Ouagadougou ! Soit dit en passant/Nebenbei bemerkt", Galerie du HBK Saar (Ho chuleschule der Bildenden Kunste Saar), Sarrebruck, Allemagne


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 (in partnership with Art University of 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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