Omar Victor Diop

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    Omar Victor Diop (b. 1980, Dakar, Senegal) uses photography to narrate the contemporary realities of African societies and to offer new perspectives their rich histories. Finding quick success with early conceptual projects in 2012, he was encouraged to end a career in corporate communications to further pursue life as an artist.


    With a body of work that includes fine art and fashion photography, portrait and self-portraiture, including the globally heralded The Studio of Vanities – a series of staged portraits showing the new faces of art and culture scenes in Africa urban centres – Omar Victor enjoys mixing photography with other art forms, and uses costume design, styling and creative writing to give life to inspiration.


    Diop was nurtured in childhood by Afro-Caribbean literature, with authors such as Maryse Condé and the characters in her novel Ségou, who have transformed from lives of “aliens” to notable figures in society.


    Omar Victor sees this as a reflection of his own journey, that of a metropolitan African creative thriving to absorb new contexts and ways of being.


    In 2015, Diop released Diaspora, a series of self-portraits celebrating the destinies of Africans outside of Africa who had a tremendous influence in other parts of the world, from the 15th through the 19th centuries. This project evoked the current soccer imagery to highlight the need for peoples of the world to strive for better mutual recognition and acceptance, in the current global context, marked by insecurities and exclusion.


    He imagines art as the only conversation that will never end and takes inspiration from people who shape their preferred futures daily, believing it is the only way to truly be exceptional and leave a valuable footprint of value for humankind.


    Omar Victor Diop’s portfolio has been exhibited in several international events and museums, such as Paris Photo, The Quai Branly Museum, The Arles Photo Festival and The Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris, & the MoMa etc. His editorial work has been also featured extensively in the international press (The New York Times, CNN, Madame Figaro, Forbes etc)


    Omar Victor Diop currently lives in Dakar.



    Exhibitions :


    Encounters of African Photography (Bamako, 2011)
    Biennial of African Contemporary Art (Dakar, 2012 & 2014)
    Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie (Arles, 2012)
    Biennial del Sur of Panama City (2013)
    Paris Photo Los Angeles (2014)
    1:54 Art Fair London (2014)
    OFFicial (FIAC, Paris, 2014)
    Paris Photo Paris (Paris, 2014)
    Addis Photo Fest (Addis Ababa, 2014)
    Art Geneva Fair (Geneva, 2015)
    1:54 African Contemporary Art Fair (New York, 2015)
    Biennale de la photographie, Musée du Quai Branly (Paris, 2015)
    On Being Black, Galerie Arnika Dawkins, Atlanta (2016)
    Us is them, Pizzuti Collection, Colombus (2016)
    A Group Photography Exhibition, San Fransisco (2016)
    Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles (2016)
    Paris Photo, Grand Palais, Paris (2016)
    Themes and Variations gallery, London (2016)
    Brooklyn Museum, New York (2017)
    Afropolitan Festival, Bozar, Brussels (2017)
    Les Afriques Festival, Bibliotheques de Paris, Paris (2017)
    Festival Art souterrain, Montreal (2017)
    Pizzuti Collection, Columbus USA (2017)