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.




Award winner of  Wings of Africa from Royal Air Maroc. Design of a Boeing 737 in collaboration with the artist Evans Mbugua


International selection at the 3rd edition of the Addis Foto Fest 2014, Addis Abeba, Ethiopia

International selection at the 6th edition of the ARTE video Night, Paris, France

International selection at the 2nd  edition of the Casablanca Biennale, Casablanca, Morocco

International selection at the Gwanza Month of photography, Moonwalking, Harare, Zimbabwe


International festival of Film Black of Montréal, projection the 21th of september of the video Gariibu during the program l’Afrique en mouvement, Montréal, Canada

1st edition of the Casablanca Biennale, exhibition at Arctua Art Space Regards Africains Croisés, Casablanca, Morocco



International selection at the 8th African Biennale of Photography, les Rencontres de Bamako 9, Bamako, Mali



Award of the public, European Union, 8th Dakar Biennale, National Gallery, Dakar, Senegal

Laureat of the Thamgidi Foundation, 8th Dakar Biennale of Dakar, National Gallery, Senegal

International selection at the 8th edition of the Dakar Biennale, Dak’Art 08. award of the Thamgidi foundation for a video installation made with the artist Piniang


Award of the Francophonie : Best Francophone photographer, Bamako meetings


Award of the Blachère Foundation, 7th Dakar Biennale



Shadowed People, Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, United States of America


Photo Folies at the Menuiserie, Rodez, France

The Shadowed People, ARTCO Gallery, Aachen, Germany


Trans-Humance, Usanii space, Nevers, France


Le Voleur d’ombres, French institute of Roma, Roma, Italy



Art Brunch, Green Flowers Art Gallery, Boulogne-Billancourt, France



Der Schattendieb, ARTCO Gallery, Herzogenrath, Germany


French Alliance of Mbabane, Mbabane, Swaziland

French-Mozambican cultural center, Maputo, Mozambique


Français Georges Méliès cultural center, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

OFF Dak’Art 08, French Institute, Dakar, Sénégal


Le voleur d’ombres, Flemish theater KVS, Bruxelles, Belgium

Vues Suspendues Gallery, Pont en Royans, France.


Chab Gallery, Bamako, Mali

Quinzaine africaine, La Vénerie Espace Delvaux Gallery, Bruxelles, Belgium

OFF Dak’Art 06, French Institut, Dakar, Sénégal



La Poésie du Lien, AFIKARIS Gallery, Paris, France

Zone Franche, Institute of Islamic Cultures, Paris, France

1-54 New York, Online Art Fair, Afikaris Gallery

Art Paris Art Fair, Afikaris Gallery, Paris, France


Your Shadows, Afikaris Gallery, Paris, France


1-54 London Art Fair, Loft Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Investec Cape Town, ARTCO Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa


AKAA Art Fair, ARTCO Gallery, Paris, France

FNB Joburg Art Fair, ARTCO Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

Traversées photographiques africaines, Art Z Gallery, Paris, France


UTOCORPIS les Corps Utopiques, Paris, France

Fragile Beauty, Nelly Wandji Gallery, Paris, France

Pool Art Fair Guadeloupe, Bandjoun Station, Guadeloupe, France.

Art Z Gallery, Paris, France.

Art Paris, Cécile Fakhoury Gallery, Paris, France

Itinéraires, Art Z Gallery, Paris, France


Dakar-Martigny, Martigny, Switzerland

AKAA Art Fair, Cape and Cape, Paris, France.

Le Sel sur la Mangue, La lune en Parachute, Epinal, France.

The Expanded Subject : New Perspectives In Photographic Portraiture From Africa, Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, New-York, United States of America

Cartes et identités, Art-Z Gallery, Paris, France

Printemps des photographes, Sète, France

Cape Town Art Fair, ARTCO Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa


L’Afrique a du génie, Fondation Attijariwafa bank, Casablanca, Morocco

We, c’est moi, Goldenberg Gallery, Paris, France

Arkane Afrika, Cathédrale du Sacré Cœur, Casablanca, Morocco

Cape Town Art Fair avec la ARTCO Gallery, Cape Town / Afrique du Sud

L’Afrique a du génie, Africa Development Forum, Casablanca, Morocco


Still Fighting Ignorance & Intellectual Perfidy, Ben Uri Gallery and Museum London, United Kingdom, Marrakech Biennale, Morocco

Joburg Art Fair, ARTCO Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

Group Show, Cécile Fakhoury Gallery, Abidjan, Ivory Coast

One Game – Everywhere, ARTCO Gallery, Aachen, Germany

Kölner Liste, ARTCO Gallery, Cologne, Germany


Art meetings of Africa-Middle East, Casablanca, Morocco

Mes Amours, Bandjoun Station, Bandjoun, Cameroon

3rd edition of BURKIN’ARTS festival, Tôtout’arts, Villeneuve les Avignon, France

Contemporary AFRICA, ARTCO Gallery, Aachen, Germany

Green Flowers Art Gallery, Boulogne-Billancourt, France

Culture Festival The Wave, Wavy Banners, Humlum, Danemark

Kunsthalle São Paulo, Still Fighting Ignorance & Intellectual Perfidy, São Paulo, Brasil

Gariibu, during the program "l’Afrique en Mouvement", DAïMON center, Gatineau, Canada


Still Fighting Ignorance & Intellectual Perfidy, Multiple places around the world

Gariibu, during "l’Afrique en Mouvement", 9th edition of Kunstvlaai : Festival of Independents, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Joburg Art Fair, ARTCO Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

Aus Africa, ARTCO Gallery and Frank Schlag et cie, Essen, Germany


Fronteiras, encontro de fotografia de Bamako, Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian, Paris, France

Exhibition center Fernan Gomez, Madrid, Spain

Interpretations of Africa Football Art and Design, London Design Museum, London, United Kingdom

Regards sur cours, 8th edition, Goree, Senegal

3th édition of the Ben Penc Biennale, another vision of Africa, Cuisine, Les Ateliers du Vau, Martigné – Briand, France


Foto Museum, Antwerp, Belgium

African Photography Meeting of Bamako, Cape Town, South Africa

Cultural Center Cajastur Palacio Revillagigedo, Gijón, Spain

Johannesburg Art Gallery, African Photography Meeting of Bamako 2009, Johannesburg, South Africa

l’Art Contemporain d’Afrique, Collégiale Saint André of Chartres, Chartres, France

Gallery Momo, Johannesburg, South Africa

Bamako in Toronto, Gladstone Hotel, Autograph ABP, Toronto, Canada

Mosaïque de photos, Collégiale Saint André de Chartres, Chartres, France


8th African Photography Meeting of Bamako, Bamako, Mali

2nd Contemporary Art Biennale of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece

La porte étroite, AfriqueAvenir Gallery and Dak’Art, Berlin, Germany


Africa Now, World Bank, Washington, United States of America


7th Bamako Photography Meetings, Bamako, Mali

Curating exhibitions and residencies


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


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


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


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


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.


 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.

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