Sébastien Bouchard : paints
Siaka Soppo Traoré : photography
It's happening in dakar, the culture capital of Africa
With fashion shows, art exhibitions, concerts, literary cafés, conferences and artists' residencies, the Senegalese capital vibrates and dazzles throughout the year. In the sphere of photography, by means of exhibitions and gatherings, the talented young generation competes in creativity and audacity. Painters are equally engaged. In the "Village des Arts", in the many art galleries of the capital Dakar, in the Théodore Monod Museum and other art institutions of Senegal, exhibitions and gatherings are plentiful. It's in this atmosphere of artistic energy that Out of Africa gallery has chosen two artists to exhibit their work, Siaka Soppo TRAORÉ (photographer) and Sébastien BOUCHARD (painter), giving proof of a contemporary, urban, present-day Africa, rich in artistic creativity.
Siaka Soppo TRAORÉ fights against prejudice towards street dance
Through the eye of his lens, Siaka Soppo TRAORÉ takes possession of the treasures of the street to distinctly transmit the energy of the Senegalese street dancers. Like a visual and audible beckoning, his work is the fruit of human interaction and artistic expressions that combines contemplation, light and kinetic art. Like super heroes with really impressive moves, the photographer draws our attention hoping to shift ways of thinking and understand the social impact of this form of artistic expression. Siaka published his photographs in "L'INSENSÉ AFRICA" in 2014. In 2015, he exhibited at the 5th Biennale of Photography of the Quai Branly Museum in Paris, as well as at the 1:54 Contemporary Art Fair in London, where he received the "Orange" Prize for the Best Digital Photographer.
Sébastien BOUCHARD wonders about African cultural identity
From 2005, Sébastien Bouchard paints a series of characters and portraits that question cultural identity, revealing a strange Africa, modern yet elusive. "On his canvases, the planes become confused; the background, surface and volumes merge, generating strange depths; their beauty to be discovered by a wondering eye, a viewer's own suggestions and using imagination." Emmanuelle Chérel, art historian. Between his cultural comings and goings and mixed influences from the African and European culture, with references to painting, and to graphic arts, as well as to urban and pop culture, Sébastien exhibited at DAK'ART, the Biennial of African Contemporary Art with the art galleries Agora and Arte and in Nouakchot (Mauritania) with the art gallery Zeinart as well in Nantes with the Atelier 26 grammes.
Contemporary and tribal African art