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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AWARDED PRICES


2016


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


2014


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


2012


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


 


2009


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


 


2008


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




2007


Award of the Francophonie : Best Francophone photographer, Bamako meetings




2006


Award of the Blachère Foundation, 7th Dakar Biennale




SOLO SHOWS




2021


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




2018


Photo Folies at the Menuiserie, Rodez, France


The Shadowed People, ARTCO Gallery, Aachen, Germany




2016


Trans-Humance, Usanii space, Nevers, France




2014


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


 


2013


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


 


2012


Der Schattendieb, ARTCO Gallery, Herzogenrath, Germany




2009


French Alliance of Mbabane, Mbabane, Swaziland


French-Mozambican cultural center, Maputo, Mozambique




2008


Français Georges Méliès cultural center, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso


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




2007


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


Vues Suspendues Gallery, Pont en Royans, France.




2006


Chab Gallery, Bamako, Mali


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


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




GROUP SHOWS




2021


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




2020


Your Shadows, Afikaris Gallery, Paris, France




2019


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


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


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




2016


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




2015


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




2014


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




2013


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




2012


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





2011


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




2010


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




2009


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




2008


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




2007


7th Bamako Photography Meetings, Bamako, Mali




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"


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.

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