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Siaka Soppo Traoré

Biography

Siaka Soppo Traore Siaka Soppo TRAORÉ fights against prejudice towards street dance
Hailing from Burkina Faso, Sika Soppo TRAORÉ was born in Doula in 1986 and is a newcomer to the Senegalese photographic scene. He was raised in Togo where he developed his graphic abilities through drawing and painting. His studies later took him to Senegal where he discovered and practised hip-hop and capoeira. All these artistic disciplines improved his observation skills.
After earning the title of civil engineer, in 2011 he began to teach himself photography. Fascinated by dancing, his photographic work naturally focuses on the scene and body language, although at the same time his interests keep expending into new fields. He is also highly sought after by many stylists in Dakar for fashion photography.

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In 2014, during OFF Dak’Art, the African Contemporary Art Biennale, Atiss gallery showed his exhibition titled SUNU Street (Our Road). Sunu street is our road, known by all, shaped by those who cross it, those who occupy it, those that despise it, love it or ignore it, those that live it... The street is at our mercy. And yet after having taken to the street millions of times, we often forget to stop and take the time to observe it. Permanently bustling, the street is a hive of hidden treasures. Through the eye of his lens, Siaka Soppo Traoré takes possession of these treasures to distinctly transmit the energy of the Senegalese street dancers. Like a visual and audible beckoning, his work is the fruit of human interaction and artistic expressions that combine contemplation, light and kinetic art. Precisely with their immobility, these clichés invite corporal fluctuations of the body and push the boundaries of photography to the frontiers of movement. In constant ebullience, the street is a place of positive values, effort and passion for the young urban dancers, who are not always understood and especially not recognized. Siaka's work lays bare this activity so we may get even closer. Like super heroes with really impressive moves, Siaka Soppo Traoré draws our attention hoping to shift ways of thinking. The artist, himself a dancer, takes his time to choose his models, to observe the manner in which they move, to understand their style. He searches for locations with them, to find the most appropriate setting for both the performance and the photograph. Most of the time, he takes photographs of the dancers in action. Beacause of his knowledge of the subject, he knows by instinct when to take the shot. Siaka Soppo Traoré says of his approach that "it is both aesthetic as it is sociological". " Beyond the visual effect, I am interested in the social impact of this form of artistic expression", he states. By capturing the skills of these performers, by making them known, he offers us a way to understand Sunu Street in its most dynamic expression.
Siaka Soppo Traoré published his photographs in L’insensé-Afrique magazine in 2014. In 2015, he exhibited at the 5th Biennale of Photography of the Quai Branly Museum in Paris, as well as at the MAM Gallery during the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair in London.


Exhibitions

- 3/5-2/6/2016 – MAM Gallery & Donwahi Foundation – OFF African Contemporary Art Biennale – Dakar (Senegal)
- 3/5-2/6/2016 – ATISS Gallery – OFF African Contemporary Art Biennale – Dakar (Senegal)
- 3/5-2/6/2016 – Agencia Caractère – OFF African Contemporary Art Biennale – Dakar (Senegal)
- 15/4-26/5/2016 – MAM Gallery – Duala (Cameroon)
- 18/12/2015 – 13/2/2016 – Group exhibition «Abidjan Art Actuel» – Donwahi Foundation – Abidjan (Ivory Coast)
- 22/12/2015 – Retrospective exhibition – SUNUSTREET Association – Blaise Senghor Cultural Centre – Dakar (Senegal)
- 15-18/10/2015 – Group Exhibition – 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair – MAM Gallery – London (United Kingdom)
- 22/9-22/11/2015 – Group Exhibition – Photoquai 2015 – Quai Branly Museum – Paris (France)
- 9/5-8/6/2014 – ATISS Gallery – OFF African Contemporary Art Biennale – Dakar (Senegal)

Publications

- Omenelick2ato 2015, magazine (Brazil)
- We are Family, Photoquai 2015 – 5th Biennale “Images du Monde” (France)
- Wings (Journal ARIK), July/August 2015
- L’insensé - Afrique 2014
- A nous Paris, newspaper (France)
 

Artworks for sale

. Siaka Soppo Traore - Jordi 3 (Series OutofAfrica) - 2017 - 150cm H x 100cm W - 5 copies max. - Diasec - Price: 2.500€ - INFO
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. Siaka Soppo Traore - Jordi 2 (Series OutofAfrica) - 2017 - 100cm H x 150cm W - 5 copies max. - Diasec - Price: 2.500€ -INFO
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. Siaka Soppo Traore - Jordi 1 (Series OutofAfrica) - 2017 - 100cm H x 150cm W - 5 copies max. - Diasec - Price: 2.500€ - INFO
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. Siaka Soppo Traoré - "BBoy Yaya" - 2016 - 80cm H x 120cm W - 5 copies max. - Diasec - Price: 2.500€ - INFO
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. Siaka Soppo Traore - "BBA action" - 2016 - 80cm H x 120cm W - 5 copies max. - Diasec - Price: 2.000€ - INFO
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. Siaka Soppo Traore - "Political Bodies 3" - 2016 - 60cm H x 90cm W - 8 copies max. - Diasec - Price: 1.500€ - INFO
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. Siaka Soppo Traore - "Political Bodies 2" - 2016 - 60cm H x 90cm W - 8 copies max. - Diasec - Prix: 1.500€ - INFO
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. Siaka Soppo Traore - "Political Bodies 1" - 2016 - 60cm H x 90cm W - 8 copies max. - Diasec - Price: 1.500€ - INFO
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. Siaka Soppo Traore - "Sacré Jackson" - 2016 - 100cm H x 150cm W - 5 copies max. - Diasec - Price: 2.500€ - INFO
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