Artists' portrait... Zoom on Saïdou Dicko

This week, I introduce you to Saïdou Dicko, a visual artist from Burkina Faso.

Zoom on... Saïdou Dicko

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I have been following for a while Saïdou Dicko's artworks because I really like his approach which is surprising and calls to mind.

I was particularly touched by his series "The shadowed people" including the photos "la terre tourne seulement pour les gens qui ont le droit de travailler" and "The Queen of Queens New York". These two photos feature characters in the middle of garbage.

Through his art, he condemns the ecological disaster. This problem is staged in a breathtaking and beautiful way despite the gravity and urgency of the subject.

I like this intense blue in the photo "Le cerf volant" that catches the eye while being dynamic and soothing at the same time.

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Le cerf volant by Saïdou Dicko

And I also like the touch of humor in the photo "Le maillot jaune", despite a reality that one can imagine to be not easy.

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Le maillot jaune by Saïdou Dicko

Saïdou Dicko was born in Burkina Faso in 1979. He lives and works in Paris, France. Saïdou is a self-taught visual artist (photographer, videographer, installer and painter). 

At the age of five, Dicko, a Fulani Shepherd, learns to draw by collecting shadows of his sheep on the Sahel soils. Naturally, the shadow is present in all of his work.

Through painting, photography, video or installations, Dicko transforms the representation of forms giving life to visual phenomena, to physical and psychological events of light, uniting the two extreme values that are at the heart of black and white contrast. He finds pleasure in bringing together the opposites to talk to us about equality, union, maternal love, freedom, humanity and so on.

Artistically yours,


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