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Fair: – 14 Nov 2021
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Saïdou Dicko (born in Burkina Faso in 1979) is a self-taught visual artist. At the age of five, Dicko, a Fulani Shepherd, learns to draw by collecting shadows of his sheep on the Sahel soils. Naturally, the shadow is present in all of his work. In 2005, he embarked on photography. Six months after his photographic debut, he presents his first exhibition in the 2006 Dakar Biennial Off, where he won a prize, the first in a long series. Through painting, photography, video or installations, Dicko transforms the representation of forms giving life to visual phenomena, to physical and psychological events of light, uniting the two extreme values that are at the heart of black and white contrast. He lives and works in Paris, France.
Imraan Christian (born Cape Town, SA) identifies as a son of the soil, a visual artist and an activist with the connecting thread being mysticism in its many forms. He is a Brand Ambassador for South Africa, and in this capacity has been chosen to represent the freedom of expression for his nation. His documentation of the Student uprising of 2015/2016 in South Africa catapulted his work into the international spotlight. With grassroots activism and a particular focus on decolonization and innovation as his chosen voice, he then blazed a trail through the art, and advertising world collaborating with entities such as UNICEF, CNN, BBC world services, Highsnobiety, Nike, Vogue Italia’s Photo Vogue, MTV, Brand South Africa and many more. He currently lives and works in Cape Town.
Toyin Loye (born 1959 in Nigeria) studied Fine Art at Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile Ife. He is is a representative of the African artistic tradition who portrays his cultural heritage in his work. Each and every element in the work of Toyin Loye has a specific significance. His cheerful animals and masked human figures are attributes of his culture. They are symbols of the Yoruba people to which he belongs. This is also reflected in his poetry, which is often integrated in his paintings. He has even moved further by experimenting with photographs and carved papers. Toyin Loye lives and works in The Hague, the Netherlands.