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 photos, video installations and texts. You can follow the development of the project on the Afropolis website or and have a quick glance of some photos on Flickr here. Exhibitions will follow in 2020-2021.
Rue de Longue Vie – A documentary film and street photography in which I focus on the urban space and the Afropean presence in familiar neighbourhoods in Brussels.
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 free-diving. 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 exhibition was planned for the Dak’Art Biennale OFF in Dakar in May-June 2020 but has been postponed due to Covid-19 pandemic.
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.
Afropolis 2020: Saint-Louis – A home residency project carried out in Saint-Louis during the Covid-19 pandemic. A series of photographs and a 45-minute documentary with interviews.
Nordic Makers’ Film Festival – a presentation video for the festival that will be held in Finland in October 2020.
Azmari House, or What Happened After Midnight – A study on the Ethiopian institution of Azmari Houses, cafés and more generally public space 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.
Afrikkalaisia Kaupunkitiloja – Afrikanska Urbana Rum, Photographs and video installation. Pohjoinen Tullitupa (Kristinestad, 9.-16 August 2020). A home residency project supported by The Kone Foundation.
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)