Ouattara Watts explores notions of identity and spiritual bonds in contemporary society that transcend geography and nationality. Merging objets trouvés, photography, and other media, his compositions invoke his multinational identity, inviting diverse social and historical readings. Watts has developed a wide vocabulary of forms, incorporating ideograms, multicultural and religious symbols, equations and floating abstractions. With lyricism and wit, Watts conjures imaginative worlds and magical visions, both urban and ancestral, to contemplate the relationship between the metaphysical and the individual.
Watts’ recent exhibitions include Dak’Art – Biennale de l’Art Africain Contemporain, Dakar (2018); The Juices of Time, Ivory Coast Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2017); The White Hunter: African memories and representations, FM Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea, Milan (2017); Afrique Capitales, 100% Afriques, La Villette, Paris (2017). Watts has further exhibited at Documenta 11, the Whitney and Venice biennales, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institute and MoMA PS1.