Aline Sitoe Diatta, 1944, 2017


Limited edition

Edition of 5 ex + 1 AP

Inkjet print on Hahnemühle paper


CM H 126.75 W 79.76

IN H 49.9 W 31.4

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Aline Sitoe Diatta, 1944, 2017

The history of relations between African societies and the Western powers was characterized at an early stage by deprivations of fundamental freedoms of the people of the continent.

On this basis, it is not superfluous to state the concept of Black protest to evoke a chronology of affirmation movements initiated for the cause of dignity, freedom of blacks, throughout the world.   

The photographic series "Liberty" recalls, interprets and juxtaposes moments  of this Black protest differentiated by time, geography or size, placing them in the same chronology, that of a frantic quest for freedom.

ALINE SITOE DIATTA - 1944

Born around 1920 in Kabrousse, in southern Senegal, Aline Sitoe Diatta is a symbol of farmers' resistance against colonial oppression. When she is barely 20 years old, she is attributed mystical powers following visions she frequently has.
She proclaims the resistance of farmers in her native region, Casamace, against the war effort during the Second World War and against the upheavals in traditional societ. Indeed, France confiscates more than half of the agricultural crops in this region to feed soldiers on the battlefield and imposes the cultivation of groundnuts to tame soap factories in metropolitan France, to the detriment of traditional food crops, mainly rice.

She was arrested by the colonial authorities for insurrection and deported to Timbuktu, where she died at the age of 24 as a result of the ill-treatment she suffered there. She is celebrated in Senegal as an emblematic figure of the resistance
identity.

Omar Victor Diop


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.

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MAGNIN-A

MAGNIN-A is a contemporary art gallery founded in 2009 in Paris by André Magnin and directed by Philippe Boutté. They are acknowledged experts in Contemporary and Modern African Art. Sharp eyed for new talents, the MAGNIN-A gallery represents established and emerging artists.

MAGNIN-A works with passion and determination for the promotion and the diffusion of its artists' work on the greatest Arts Fairs and International Exhibitions.

Independent curator since the late 1970's, André Magnin started working on non-western Contemporary Art in 1989 with the historic exhibition " Magiciens de la Terre" at the Centre Pompidou and at the Grande Halle de la Villette in Paris, exhibition for which he was co-curator. He then became the head of the C.A.A.C.-The Pigozzi Collection, the most important collection of African Contemporary Art. During 20 years he shared his life between Europe and Africa. In 1996 he met Philippe Boutté who became his closest collaborator.

André Magnin has organized numerous exhibitions in prestigious museums, Art Centers and Foundations, worldwide: Out of Africa (Saatchi Gallery, London); African Art Now (Museum of Fine Arts, Houston); Malick Sidibé Mali Twist, Beauté Congo, J'aime Chéri Samba (Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain, Paris); Les initiés (Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris); Arts of Africa (Grimaldi Forum, Monaco); 100% Africa (Guggenheim, Bilbao); Why Africa ? (Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli); Africa : una nuova storia (Complesso del Vittoriano, Roma); ou encore African Stories (Marrakech); Alighiero e Boe...

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