Omar Victor Diop
Born in 1980
Collected by museums and foundations
Presentation of the artist
Omar Victor Diop uses photography, styling and scenography to capture the history, modernity and lifestyles of African societies.
In his first series entitled Futur du beau, Omar Victor Diop diverts consumer goods and waste in order to dress his models while questioning the standards of beauty and elegance. In 2011, this series was a great success at the Bamako Biennial African Photography Encounters.
This is followed by the Studio des Vanités series in 2013, which portrays a creative, ambitious and urban African generation. He was inspired by the great historical African photographers Mama Casset, Seydou Keïta and Malick Sidibé, as well as the famous designer Jean-Paul Goude.
In 2014, with Diaspora, Omar Victor Diop began to stage himself by replaying portraits of prominent Africans who have left their mark on history. This series marks the beginning of an international consecration.
The Liberty series (2017) evokes, interprets and juxtaposes significant moments of this Black protest, events that are certainly differentiated by time, geography or scale, to highlight what nevertheless makes it possible to place them in the same chronology, that of the desperate quest for a violated freedom. This is about representing these aspirations for more dignity and freedom around the world as a tribute.
Nationality : Senegal