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Omar Victor Diop

A man wearing a red suit, standing confidently.
Omar Victor Diop, Ministry of Labour and National Service, Liverpool: 1949 (2019) © Omar Victor Diop. Commissioned by Autograph

The Senegalese visual artist Omar Victor Diop presents three distinct yet interconnected emblematic bodies of work at Fotografiska Berlin: Allegoria, Diaspora, and Liberty.

About the exhibition

Combining photography with other art forms, Diop uses self-portraiture as a means to highlight Black history that is often overlooked by a Euro-centric society. He depicts the complexity of representational politics with dramatic, colorful, and eye-opening visuals that demand the attention of the viewer. By centering himself as the main protagonist of these works, Diop asks the audience to imagine a more just, and more accurate, depiction of our shared global history.

A man in black clothing and a red hat holding a bird against a green background.
Omar Victor Diop, Allegoria 1 (2021) © Omar Victor Diop. Commissioned by Autograph.
A man in traditional attire holding a red card and a whistle on the other hand.
Omar Victor Diop, Albert Badin 1747-1822 (2021) © Omar Victor Diop. Commissioned by Autograph.

Diaspora (2014) draws inspiration from 15th to 19th century Western portraits depicting a diverse constituency of Black figures who had risen to high social status at the time; Liberty (2017), subtitled A Universal Chronology of Black Protest, reinterprets significant moments of historical revolt associated with the struggle for Black freedom; and Allegoria (2021), which imaginatively addresses the climate crisis and its impact on the Global South and especially the African continent.

The Omar Victor Diop exhibition is based on a 2018 exhibition by Autograph, originally presented in London (co-curated by Renée Mussai and Mark Sealy), this touring iteration for Fotografiska is curated by Renée Mussai and reflects the accompanying monograph Omar Victor Diop (5 Continents Editions, 2021).

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Woman wearing a gold crown.

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Close up of a nude female body with Iranian texts over her