Série: Le Studio des Vanités, 2012
OMAR VICTOR DIOP
Omar Victor Diop, is a Senegalese photographer whose body of work stretches from conceptual fine arts projects to fashion photography and staged portraits.
Omar Victor was born in 1980. He lives and works mostly in Dakar.
His conceptual projects offer an unusual interpretation of contemporary social phenomena, such as the relationship between consumption habits and the notions of identity.
His first project, "Fashion 2112", was a fiction predicting the evolution of the beauty standards, based on the assumption that the human mindset would switch from the current "over-consumption" and over pollution to a more environment conscious way of giving another life to garbage, through the recycling of commodities.
This project was followed by "Wax dolls" a series which was a metaphor aiming to give an interpretation of the complex relationship between the African consumers and the so-called "African Print" textile, which finds its origins in Holland. This project borrowed techniques and compositions from still life painting and collage.
One of Omar Victor’s most internationally acclaimed project is ONOMOllywood (2013). In this project, in collaboration with co-author Antoine Tempé, a French-American photographer, Diop gives a reinterpretation of stills form Hollywood’s greatest movies, staging them in an African contemporary context.
Omar Victor is currently building a portfolio of staged portraits in a series called The Studio of Vanities, which is an attempt to document the diversity and richness of Africa’s current art scenes. This project is currently being exhibited at La Maison de l’Afrique (Paris, 75006) and in Màlaga, at the Alliance Française.
Omar Victor's portfolio includes projects, which were exhibited in international events, among which:
* the African Biennial of Photography of Bamako (2011),
* the Biennial of African Contemporary Arts of Dakar (2012),
* the International Encounters of Photography of Arles in France (2012)
* the Biennial of the South in Panama City (2013)
* the Biennial of African Contemporary Arts of Dakar (2014)
* Paris-Photo Los Angeles (2014)
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