Omar Victor Diop, Selma 1965 and Thiaroye 1944, 2016, From the Liberty series, Inkjet print on Hahnemühle paper, 80 x 109 cm / 31 x 43 in, Edition of 5 ex + 1 AP, Courtesy MAGNIN-A
Omar Victor Diop, Selma 1965 and Thiaroye 1944, 2016, From the Liberty series, Inkjet print on Hahnemühle paper, 80 x 109 cm / 31 x 43 in, Edition of 5 ex + 1 AP, Courtesy MAGNIN-A 

Omar Victor Diop developed an interest in photography and design as a means to capture the diversity of modern African societies and cultures. Alongside 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 fashion styling. Diop reconfigures established portraiture methods introduced by resident African portraitists such as Malick Sidibé. The result formalizes intelligent ‘re-castings’ of subjects with reference to art historical figures, popular culture, and cult cinema. With DIASPORA (2014), Diop challenges the viewer to reconsider their relationship to historiography. The series distils an ongoing dialogue Diop faces in mapping out the convergences between his personal identity and creative persona. Diop’s works are held in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, New York; FRAC Aquitaine, Bordeaux; and the Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, among others.