Cheikhou Bâ

Cheikhou Ba lives in Dakar and trained at the Dakar Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts before specialising in ceramics at Geneva University of Art and Design. The Tomorrow series are an existentialist take on the human condition; behind a false innocence, Cheikhou explores forms of the Abject through the visual language of fantasy popular films. In his research, Cheikhou Ba explores different aspects of the human condition. The notion of respect for individual and collective rights and liberties takes the form of a ritual in the artwork titled Marcher sur des œufs (Walking on Eggshells, 2012). In this installation, hundreds of white ceramic eggs are scattered across the floor.

 

The ambivalence of human nature is a recurring theme in Cheikhou Ba’s work. In 2008 he bought a batch of twenty small stuffed animals with the aim to utilise them one day. Substituting these for human beings is in direct continuation with the canvases of half-human half-animal forms which he has been painting since he left the École Nationale des Arts (National Arts School) in Dakar in 2000. These various creatures are the base of his formal and conceptual research considering human nature through its multiple incessant and ever ambiguous transformations. In his artworks that feature asexual characters, man is perhaps a woman, an animal or a spirit. But this is still an anthropomorphic being with a grimacing face of defiance, sorrow or irony. Whether it is through drawing, painting or sculpture, Cheikhou Ba explores the principle of metamorphosis with the will to recreate the primordial equation inherent in the esoteric philosophies of the people from Sub-Saharan Africa: the sum of everything is equal to this undefinable unknown on which everything relies. In his work, the spirit is conceived through matter and takes the form of an artwork. All his artworks with their very researched aesthetic represent the process of mutation of an individual, whether that is the physical appearance or the personality.

 

PERSONAL EXHIBITIONS

2017"Migrations" 50 Golborne , London

2017"Migrations" Galerie Sémaphore, Neuchâtel, Switzerland

2016 "Chocolat" Hommage à Rafael Padilla, Villa Racine, Dakar. Senegal

2015 "Calle M, fila 22, n*2" kalao gallery, Bilbao. Espagne

2014 Lii Rek, Villa Racine, Dakar, Sénégal

2013 Mouth of freedom, Callalou Gallery, Cleveland, USA

Les contradictions de la vie, The Mojo Gallery, Dubaï, Émirats Arabe Unis
2012 Le flou de la vie, Villa Racine, Dakar, Sénégal

2011 Where are we going…Kalao gallery, Bilbao, Espagne
2010 Identity, Villa Racine, Dakar, Sénégal

2010 Retrospective and Perspective, Villa Racine, Dakar, Sénégal

2007 Castle Gallery, Lausanne, Switzerland 

2005 Contemporary Art Space Rurart, Poitou-Charentes, France

2004 "WERNAADE", Ebéris Studio (Dak'Art Off), Dakar, Sénégal

2003 Arte Gallery, Dakar, Sénégal

 

COLLECTIVE EXHIBITIONS

​2018  "Pueblo en resistencia", Biennale Del Sur, Caracas, Vénézuela. 

2018 "Inter-section" galerie The Mojo, Dubai, EAU

2017 "Les éclaireurs" Palais des Papes, Avignon, France 

2017 "Triumvirate" The Mojo Gallery, Dubaï, UEA

2017 1:54 New York / 50Golborne Gallery

2016  1:54 London / 50Golborne Gallery

2014 Grain de folie, Les comptoirs du Fleuve, St-Louis, Sénégal

2013 Creative Fusion, Cleveland, USA

2013 Primera Planta, Bilbao

2012 Flying, Bethanian, Berlin, Allemagne. More Human, Biscuiterie Médina, Biennale de Dakar, Off, Sénégal

2011 Le Douze Gallery, Nantes, France 

2011 "Proven Generation", Mojo Gallery, Dubai, UAE

2nd ROUND, Kalao Gallery, Bilbao, Espagne

2011 The return, Fiac, Musée d’art contemporain d’Alger, Algérie

2009 Oude Kerk, Amsterdam, Netherlands 

2009 ANIMAL, ANIMA, Jean Paul Blachère Foundation, Apt, France 

2009 Europ'Art 09, Geneva, Switzerland

2008 Paraplufabrik, Nijmeren, Netherlands

2008 Eiffage (Dak'Art Off), Dakar, Sénégal

2007 "State of play. 01", Strasbourg, France 

2006 International Sculpture Symposium, Changchun, China 

2006 Contemporary Senegal, Dapper Museum, Paris, France 

2006 Dak'Art, Dakar, Sénégal

2005 "Contemporary Creation in Senegal", French Institute Léopold Sédar Senghor, Dakar, Sénégal

2005 "Beneen Bët (Otra Mirada)", Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands 

2005 Water for All, Ottowa, Canada

2004 "Man is a mystery", Espace Lamennais, Saint-Brieuc, France

2002 "Multicultural 2002", Aténéo de la Lagune, Tenerife, Canary Islands

2002 Espace Fougerolles, Dakar, Sénégal

2000 "An artist, a work, a map", Le Niani, Dakar, Sénégal

2000 National Gallery, Dakar, Sénégal

1999 IFAN Museum, Dakar, Sénégal

RESIDENCIES

2013 Cleveland Foundation, Zygote Press, Cleveland, USA
2012 Fondation Bruckner, Genève,  Suisse

2008 IFAA (International Festival of Arts in Arnhem), Arnhem, Pays-Bas
2007 Kulttuurikaupila, Ii, Finlande

2005 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, Connecticut, USA

2004 Departmental Office of Cultural Development (ODDC), Saint-Brieuc, France 

2002 French Embassy, Dakar, Sénégal

AWARDS 

2013 Sélection Creative Fusion residency program, Cleveland, USA
2012 Sélection biennale Dak’Art , Dakar, Sénégal

2011 Sélection à la Fiac Alger - “The Return”, Alger, Algérie Prix de la Fondation Bruckner, Carouge, Suisse

2004 Dak'Art - Winner of the Poitou-Charentes Prize, France 

2001 Représentant du Sénégal aux Jeux de la Francophonie, Ottawa, Canada

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