Saïdou Dicko – NATAAL

Amber Nicole Alston, NATAAL, June 1, 2023

The Burkinabè artist on the importance of shadows in his works shown at 1-54 New York 2023

1-54 returned to New York this season, reawakening the city to artists shaping the future of African art. Trading in the grand religiosity of Harlem Parish, where it took place last year, for sleek, modern digs in Manhattanville Factory District and satellite exhibitions in Chelsea, the fair's commitment to evolving interpretations of the diasporic experience was apparent. Among the sea of conversation-sparking displays, one artist's work stood out: Saïdou Dicko, the Burkina Faso-born, Paris-based multimedia artist whose obsession with shadows brings the complexities of humanity to life.