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.
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"
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.