Barreto, Nú
Born in 1966 in Sao Domingos, Guinea-Bissau. Lives and works in Guinea-Bissau / Paris, France / Lisbon, Portugal
Nú Barreto is a multidisciplinary artist who uses a combination of drawing, found objects, photography, collage, and video to formulate his ideas. In recent years, his leitmotiv has been a searing condemnation of sociopolitical oppressions, particularly those with repercussions for African citizens. The symbols, forms, and colours incorporated within his work provide a vocabulary for articulating the causal factors of social frustration and disenchantment. Barreto’s works have been included in group exhibitions at Ville de Martigny in Switzerland, as part of the project, Dakar-Martigny: Hommage à la Biennale d’art contemporain (2016); Fundação Arpad Szenes - Vieira da Silva, Portugal (2012); Festival Mondial des Arts Nègres (World Festival of Black Arts), Dakar (2010); the Museu Nacional de Belas Artes, Rio de Janeiro (2006); and Dak'Art - Biennale de l'Art Africain Contemporain, Dakar (2006).
Nú Barreto, Disunited States of Africa (DSA), 2010, Acrylic on canvas, amulets, books, bottles, various objects, 380 x 600 cm / 150 x 236 in, Photo: Thierry Caron, Courtesy (S)ITOR/Sitor Senghor