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.
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.
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
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
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
Sélection internationale à la 8ème Biennale africaine de la photographie, les Rencontres de Bamako 9Bamako, Mali
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
Prix de la Francophonie : Meilleur photographe francophoneRéunions à Bamako
Prix de la Fondation Blachère, 7ème Biennale de Dakar
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