23 Apr Omar Victor Diop
Omar Victor Diop
Born in 1980, Dakar, Senegal
Lives and works in Dakar
Omar Victor Diop was born in Dakar in 1980. Since his early days, Omar Victor Diop developed an interest for Photography and Design, essentially as a means to capture the diversity of modern African societies and lifestyles.
The quick success of his first conceptual project fashion 2112 “Le futur du beau”, which was featured at the Pan African Exhibition of the African Biennale of Photography of 2011 in Bamako (Rencontres de Bamako), encouraged him to end his career in Corporate Communications to dedicate to photography in 2012.
Omar Victor lives in Dakar, his body of work includes Fine Arts and Fashion Photography as well as Advertising Photography. He enjoys mixing his photography with other forms of art, such as costume design, styling and creative writing. This is particularly visible in his series “Studio des Vanités” (2013), in which he follows his researches between photography and design, with a strong influence of the historical African portraitists.
«These are the fresh faces of the continent’s urban culture. They are black, arabs, caucasian, asian…it doesn’t matter. They are creative and ambitious, but most importantly, they dedicate their everyday lives to making their dreams a reality. In this series, the objective is to portray a generation which endeavours to showcase the African urban universe and its blossoming art production and exchanges.
The intent is to go beyond the strictly asthetic depiction of a beautiful youth… Every portrait is the outcome of a collaboration between the sitter and the photographer.
Staged Portraits of Africa’s Contemporary Urban Scene.»
His series entitled “Diaspora” (2014) is a time travel. A journey that takes its starting point in the present with the issue of immigration of Africans in Europe and their place in European society. Diop forces us to reconsider our perception of history by highlighting notable Africans living in Europe between the fifteenth and nineteenth century. The integration of elements of football, weaves the links between past and present and question the position of Africans today.
His latest series “Liberty” (2017) recalls, interprets and juxtaposes moments of this Black protest differentiated by time, geography or size, placing them in the same chronology, that of a frantic quest for freedom.