SAÏDOU DICKO

SAÏDOU DICKO was born in Burkina Faso in 1979. A self-taught visual artist ( photographer, videographer, installer and painter). He lives and works in Paris.


Shadows have always inspired Saïdou Dicko’s work. When he was a child, the shadows pushed him to draw. Whilst he was a shepherd, he used to trace the outlines of the bushes, animals and rivers he met. The cross on top of the head of his characters also echo his childhood. That is a wink to the pattern of one fabric from the Peulh tradition. For him, it is a way to pay a tribute to beauty and to represent the humanity of his characters. To this extent, he turns them into shadows. In his series of painted photographs, The Shadowed People - unique pieces - a combination of different clichés, he covers the subject with black paint. In that way, the beings give their place to their shadow, providing a universal scope to the work. The life experiences of Saïdou Dicko, between Paris and Burkina Faso, his native culture and his travels, leave their mark on his work with poetry as well as mystery. Since then, his work has been presented at many international events (biennials, international fairs, exhibitions).


His works received several prizes: Prix Blachère in 2006 in Dakar Biennale, Prix de la francophonie at African photography encounter of Bamako in 2007, Fondation Thamgidi prize in 2008 in Dakar and the Off prize of European Union. In 2012, he co-founded the collective «Rendez-Vous of Artists» which is a nomad platform where artists of all kinds: curators, gallerists, art lovers, cultural journalists, exchange. These exchanges sometimes lead to exhibition projects. Since 2013, he also works as a curator (3rd International Biennial of Casablanca) and scenographer mostly in Morocco with Arkane Africa.

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SOLO SHOWS (SELECTION)
2022
UMRISSENE WELTEN, ARTCO Gallery, Berlin, Germany
The Prince of Shadows
, Gallery AFIKARIS, Paris, France

2021
Shadowed People, Jackson Fine Art Gallery, Atlanta, USA

2018
Photos Folies, La Menuiserie, Rodez, France
The Shadowed People, ARTCO Gallery, Aachen, Germany

2016
Trans-Humance, Usanii space, Nevers, France

2014
Le Voleur d’ombres, Institut Français de Rome, Rome, Italy

2013
Art Bunch, Green Flowers Art Gallery, Boulogne-Billancourt, France

2012
Der Schattendied, ARTCO Gallery, Herzogenrath, Germany

2009
Alliance française de Mbabane, Mbabane, Switzerland
Centre culturel franco-mozalbicain, Maputo, Mozambic


2007
Le voleur d'ombres, Théâtre flamand KVS, Brussels, Belgium
Galerie Vues Suspendues, Pont en Royans, France


GROUP SHOWS (SELECTION)
2022
AKAA art fair, ARTCO Gallery, Paris, France
Positions art fair, ARTCO, Berlin Germany
Intersect Aspen, 
BAD + art fair, AFIKARIS Gallery, Bordeaux, France
Photo Basel, ARTCO gallery, Basel, Switzerland
Photo London, AFIKARIS Gallery, London, UK
artgenève, AFIKARIS Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland

2021

La poésie du lien, duo show with Hyacinthe Ouattara, AFIKARIS Gallery, Paris, France
Zone Franche, Institut des Cultures d'Islam, Paris, France
Paris Photo, Jackson Fine Art Gallery, Paris, France
AKAA art fair, ARTCO Gallery, Paris, France
1-54 New York, AFIKARIS Gallery, Paris, France
Art Paris, AFIKARIS Gallery, Paris, France

2020
Your shadows, Duo show with Raphaël Adjetey Adjei Mayne, AFIKARIS Gallery, Paris, France

2019
1-54 London Art Fair, Loft Gallery, Londres, UK
Investec Cape Town, ARTCO Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

2018
AKAA Art Fair, ARTCO Gallery, Paris, France
FNB Joburg Art Fair, ARTCO Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
Traversées photographiques africaines, Art Z Gallery, Paris, France

2017
Shadowed People, Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, USA
UTOCORPIS les Corps Utopiques, Paris, France
Beauté fragile, Galerie Nelly Wandji, Paris, France
Pool Art Fair Guadeloupe, gare de Bandjoun, Guadeloupe, France

2016
AKAA Art Fair, Cape et Cape, Paris, France
From Africa, Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, New York, USA
Cape Town Art Fair, ARTCO Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

WHAT DOES INSPIRE YOU THE MOST IN YOUR WORK? 


Childhood is a great source of inspiration for me. I have the opportunity to travel, which ables me to mix different elements I pick up from all over the world.


My drawings also talk a lot about plastic that we see nowadays everywhere whatever the country we are in.


What I am interested in is the way that we can cleverly use plastic and how we can optimize its use. I don’t want to criticize this material. I think that not everything is black or white and this is about knowing how to reasonably use plastic. It is not about banning plastic and, instead, cut trees to make cardboard.


Some of my artworks feature secondary raw material. Ecology is particularly important in my work. In my country, we use to say “nature is aging” as we would say for men. Nature melts, dries, and sometimes resources are not sufficient.

WHAT ARE YOUR UPCOMING PROJECTS? 


 Drawings lead me to explore other horizons and make me think about the possibilities offered to me and that I did not explore yet.


To stay in the theme of sustainability and ecology, I would like to mix fabrics and organic cotton from Burkina Faso with non-degradable plastic that I find in the street. The fabrics I use are traditionally made in Burkina Faso as well as Mali. They are handmade and embody both traditions and the concept of biodegradability.

PRIX DÉCERNÉS


2016

Lauréat du prix du  Les ailes de l'Afrique de Royal Air Maroc. Conception d'un Boeing 737 en collaboration avec l'artiste Evans Mbugua

 

2014

Sélection internationale à la 3ème édition de l'Addis Foto Fest 2014, Addis Abeba, Éthiopie

Sélection internationale à la 6ème édition de la Nuit de la vidéo ARTE, Paris, France

Sélection internationale à la 2ème  édition de la Biennale de Casablanca, Casablanca, Maroc

Sélection internationale au Mois de la photographie de Gwanza, MoonwalkingHarare, Zimbabwe


2012

Festival international du Film Noir de Montréal, projection le 21 juin.ème de septembre de la vidéo Gariibu lors de l'émission l'L'Afrique en mouvementMontréal, Canada

1st édition de la Biennale de Casablanca, exposition à Arctua Art Space Regards Africains CroisésCasablanca, Maroc


2009

Sélection internationale à la 8ème Biennale africaine de la photographie, les Rencontres de Bamako 9Bamako, Mali


2008

Prix du public, Union européenne, 8e Biennale de Dakar, Galerie nationale, Dakar, Sénégal

Lauréat de la Fondation Thamgidi, 8e Biennale de Dakar, Galerie nationale, Sénégal

Sélection internationale à la 8ème édition de la Biennale de Dakar, Dak'Art 08. prix de la fondation Thamgidi pour une installation vidéo réalisée avec l'artiste Piniang


2007

Prix de la Francophonie : Meilleur photographe francophoneRéunions à Bamako

 

2006

Prix de la Fondation Blachère, 7ème Biennale de Dakar

Curating exhibitions and residencies

2017

Curator and scenographer with the association Arkane Africa for the heritage days, Aït Ben Haddou, Morocco


2016 

Curator Africa and scenographer for the Cop 22 with the association Arkane Africa, Marrakech, Morocco

Curator Africa for the Casablanca Biennale, Morocco

Curator Africa with the association Arkane Africa for the 19th African Film Festival of Khouribga, Morocco

Curator Africa and Scenographer for residence and exhibition with the association Arkane Africa, Casablanca, Morocco

Curator Africa of ART RIMAL 2nd edition in Oujda, Morocco


2014

Curator of the exhibition Télégramme with the artists collectif "Rendez-Vous d’Artistes", Pierrefitte sur Seine, France


2012

Co-founder of "Rendez-Vous d’Artistes"

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