Omar Victor Diop
Born in 1980, Dakar, Senegal
Lives and works in Dakar.
Omar Victor Diop is represented exclusively by the MAGNIN-A gallery, Paris.
Omar Victor Diop developed an interest in photography at an early age. As a child, he was nourished by the masterpieces of Afro-Caribbean literature, and by characters such as "Segou" by the author Maryse Condé, who go from being a "foreigner" to a "notable" in a given society. Omar Victor Diop sees this journey as representative of his own, one in which he has found himself on the side of minorities who need to learn from models of adaptation to different contexts and new ways of being.
A graduate of the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris, he first worked for British American Tobacco Africa. However, he put an end to a career in corporate communication to devote himself fully to his career as an artist, and had great success at the Rencontres de Bamako, biennial of African photography in 2011.
Omar Victor Diop is distinguished by a work that combines visual arts, fashion and photographic portraiture. He is particularly fond of mixing photography with other art forms, including textile design, fashion design and creative writing to bring his inspiration to life. For him, art is the only dialogue that will never cease, a dialogue that is constantly inspired by those who redefine and choose their future lives, convinced that this is the only way to get out of the ordinary and leave a real mark on people.
In his first series entitled Futur du beau, Omar Victor Diop hijacks consumer goods and garbage to dress his models while questioning standards of beauty and elegance. This was followed by the Studio des Vanités series in 2013, which portrays a creative, ambitious and urban African generation. He captures the lifestyle and diversity of modern African societies. He was then inspired by the great historical African photographers, Mama Casset, Seydou Keïta, Malick Sidibé, as well as the famous designer Jean-Paul Goude. From 2014, with Diaspora, Omar Victor Diop puts himself on stage by re-enacting portraits of African notables who have marked history. This series marks the beginning of an international consecration. The Liberty series (2017) evokes and juxtaposes key moments of Black protests, events that are certainly distinct in time, geography and scope, but which the photographer places in a common chronology, that of a quest for freedom that is too often scorned. These representations are a tribute to those who aspire to freedom and dignity.
Omar Victor Diop's work connects the history and modernity of African societies, whether by sublimating their lifestyles or by coloring their self-image: "It has been exactly ten years since I picked up a camera with the intention of showing the struggle of my people, their moments of pride, their altruism, their incredible diversity and their capacity to adapt.
In his new series, Allegoria, the young Senegalese photographer begins a new chapter that addresses the issue of the environment and the importance of the climate challenges facing the African continent. In 15 allegorical photographs, the artist embodies the humanity that must protect life; humanity surrounded by floral and animal species that will soon be extinct; humanity again, concerned not to see biodiversity only visible in natural history textbooks.
Brooklyn Museum, New-York, USA
Minneapolis Institute of Art, Mineapolis, USA
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, USA
Frac Aquitaine, Bordeaux, France
Tang Museum at Skidmore College, USA
Vitra Design Museum, Allemagne
Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Illinois, Etats-Unis
Collection Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France
Musée de la Photographie de Saint-Louis, Sénégal
Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Etats-Unis
Pizzuti Collection, Colombus, Ohio, USA
Mott-Warsh collection, Flint, Michigan
Collection Agnès b., Paris, France
C.A.A.C - The Pigozzi Collection, Geneva, Switzerland
JP Morgan Chase collection, New York, USA
Block Museum, Chicago, USA
Dustin Yellin collection, New York, USA
Collection Farida et Henri Seydoux, Paris, France
Collection Jean Gabriel Mitterand, Paris, France
LAC Lambert Art Collection, Genève, Suisse