Ongoing long term projects
Afropolis – A multidisciplinary work that I started in August 2019 on urban environment in the Sahel and beyond. It is made of a series of photos, video installations and texts. You can follow the development of the project here and even take part in it. Exhibitions will follow in 2020-2021.
Guet Ndaru Mool – Organic photography. I started this series already in 2018 as a photo essay with portraits produced on fish skin. They represent a community of fishermen who, as a result of climate change, coastal erosion and rising sea levels, are losing their homes and jobs in a world in which the entire traditional and small-scale fishing and fish processing are at stake. The portraits have been on show in Gorée in April 2019 by Fondation Dapper and in Finland in June-July 2019 in a collective show called The Ocean of Tuonela.
Deep – underwater photography. With this work I am rediscovering some of the very basic elements of being human: touching your own limits and pacing your existence according to the rhythm of breathing. These photos have been on show in Finland and in St.Louis, Missouri (US) where they were hosted by Barret Barrera Projects and curated by Modou Dieng / Blackpuffin. A new show is in the making for the Dak’Art Biennale OFF in Le Spot de Ngor in Dakar in May-June 2020.
Ci biir dexu Senegal – stories from the Senegal river – a photography book with stories told by Idrissa Diallo. The Finnish edition Tarinoita Senegaljoesta was published in March 2019 and a Wolof edition will be published next.
Azmari House, or What Happened After Midnight – A study on the Ethiopian institution of Azmari Houses and their role in contemporary Ethiopian urban culture.
Evanesce – Underwater photography, mixed media. A documentation and a dreamlike series about evanescence, or the transmission of organic matter in my photographic work.
Nordic Makers’ Film Festival – a presentation video for the festival that will be held in Finland in October 2020.
A work-in-progress preview on Afropolis, Ndar Ndar Music & Café (Saint-Louis, Nov.-Dec. 2019)
Collective: Barrett Barrera Projects and Blackpuffin are pleased to present Saint Louis to St. Louis: The City on the River meets River City curated by Modou Dieng, a major exhibition of contemporary art from Saint Louis, Senegal in St. Louis, Missouri (US) with a show celebrating sister cities across the great Atlantic Ocean and global artistic exchange of diaspora and hybridity (Oct. 17 – Dec. 21, 2019.)
Häivähdys. Photographs (10-20 June, Pohjoinen Tullitupa, Kristiinankaupunki, Finland)
Collective: Vivre! Photographie de la Résilience. Fondation Dapper, (29 March-29 April 2019, Gorée, Senegal)
Evanesce. Photographs on organic surfaces. (12-30 April 2019, Ndar Ndar, Saint-Louis)
Self. Portraits on wood (2018, Ndar Ndar, Saint-Louis)
Deep. Underwater portraits (June 2018, Kristinestad International Art Week, Finland)
Something is hatching at la Folie du Baron. Photographs (2017, La Résidence, Saint-Louis)
Ça Bouge. Photographs and video installation (2017, Festival Le Fleuve en couleurs, Saint-Louis)
Jamonoo Ngi Nii. Photographs and video installation (2016, Dakar Biennale OFF)
Collective: Dessins & Design. Photographs and light installations (2016, Galérie Éthiopiques, Saint-Louis)
Sabaru Demb – A Rhythmic Experience. Photography and recordings (2015, Galérie Éthiopiques, Saint-Louis)