Thierry Oussou, Untitled, 2016, Mixed media on paper, 152 x 201 cm. Courtesy the artist and Tiwani Contemporary
Thierry Oussou, Untitled, 2016, Mixed media on paper, 152 x 201 cm. Courtesy the artist and Tiwani Contemporary  

Thierry Oussou’s work aims at framing questions around authenticity and visibility in relation to heritage and archaeology. Oussou worked as an assistant to Ernesto Houngbo, Meschac Gaba and Barthélémy Toguo, before founding the art studio Yè in Benin in 2011. In 2017 he was artist-in-residence at Arthouse Foundation, Lagos, and between 2015–16 he was a resident artist at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, where he was awarded the inaugural Jacqueline van Tongeren Fellowship (2016).

Recent solo exhibitions include Cargo in Context, Amsterdam (2017); Thierry Oussou, Ornis A. Gallery, Amsterdam (2016) and Don’t Sit In, No Man’s Art Gallery, Amsterdam (2016). Group exhibitions include iyEye of Benin, Greenhouse, Giardini della Biennale, La Biennale di Venezia, Venice (2017); Field Work, Tiwani Contemporary, London (2017); The New Parthenon and Nine Artists, STEVENSON, Cape Town (2017 and 2015); AquiAfrica, Sesc Belenzhino, São Paulo (2015) and Dokoutin, mòsso, Brussels (2014). In 2016 He was nominated for the Royal Award for Modern Painting.