Ongoing long term projects
Beginnings – This project is still in its bubbling stage at the intersection of photography and storytelling. I am curious about the relationsip between image and fiction and want to tease out alternative stories out of various locations that I shoot on film.
Afropolis – A continuous work on urban environment and its ongoing transformation in the Sahel and beyond. I started this project in autumn 2019 and it evolves in various media. Some of the related visual material can be seen here.
Get Ndaru Mool – Organic photography. I started this series 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. This work is about the very basic elements of being human: touching your own limits and pacing your existence according to the rhythm of free-diving. Some of these photos have been on show in Finland and in St.Louis, Missouri (US), hosted by Barret Barrera Projects and curated by Modou Dieng / Blackpuffin. In 2021 I will be experimenting with the combination of underwater photography and cyanotype.
Soundscapes from the Sahel – If anything, it is not quiet in the Sahel region. I am creating short vignettes that combine local sounds – music or other types of spontaneous sounds – and visual elements.
Haal Pulaar! – In 2021 I’m collecting my favorite words and expressions customary to the Pulaar language. You can follow this personal adventure of learning a language in my blog, along with other topics.
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.
Other past projects
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. I am a member of the organizing committee of this festival through Yelema Ry.
Evanesce – Underwater photography, mixed media. A documentation and a dreamlike series about evanescence, or the transmission of organic matter in my photographic work.
In 4-5 September 2021 I open the doors to my summer studio during Konstrundan in Finland.
Afrikkalaisia Kaupunkitiloja – Afrikanska Urbana Rum, Photographs and a documentary screening. 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.)
Artskop’s exhibition catalogue Living! Photographs of Resilience
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)