Diop, Omar Victor
Born 1980 in Dakar, Senegal
Lives and works in Dakar, Senegal
Omar Victor Diop developed an interest in photography and design as a means to capture the diversity of modern African societies and cultures. In addition to his more conceptual studio portraits, Diop’s corpus of work includes fashion and advertising photography, which he often integrates with other forms, such as costume design and styling. Diop reconfigures established portraiture methods introduced by resident African portraitists such as Malick Sidibé, through producing intelligent ‘re-castings’ of subjects from portraits of influential African migrants, alongside wider references to art historical figures, popular culture and cult cinema. His peripatetic project Le Studio des Vanités has been operated and exhibited in Paris, Malaga and Dakar, as part of Dak’Art – Biennale de l’Art African Contemporain (2014). Diop was also exhibited in Les Rencontres d’Arles, Arles (2017).
Omar Victor Diop, Nanny et Quao, Jamaîque, 1720, 2016, Inkjet print on Hahnemühle paper, 120 x 163 cm, 47 x 64 in, Ed of 3 + 2 AP. Courtesy MAGNIN-A |Omar Victor Diop, 'Frédérick Douglass', 2015, Pigment inkjet printing on Harman By Hahnemühle paper, 90 x 90 cm, Courtesy of Magnin-A