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Planches Contact 2023: Omar Victor Diop – Deauville Off Season(s)


This year, ten guest photographers present original projects on the Normandy region, dealing with themes linked to society, the environment, identity and memory. Among them, Omar Victor Diop depicts a winter walk in Deauville of imaginary figures he interprets himself in different ways, remaining true to his favourite exercise, the self-portrait.

For this project on Deauville, Omar Victor Diop has recreated the impeccable streets and turned them into a theatre for his melancholy, homing-pigeon journey. Omar Victor Diop stands out through work combining art, fashion and portraits.

He is particularly fond of combining photography with other artistic forms, including textile creation, fashion design and creative writing to give life to his imagination. The work done during the residence is also the subject of a book Fashion Eye Deauville by Omar Victor Diop, published by the Editions LouisVuitton in their collection “Fashion Eye”.

Omar Victor Diop was born in 1980 in Dakar, where he lives and works, sharing his time between Paris and Senegal. He developed an interest in photography from a very early age. As a child, he was inspired by the masterpieces of Afro-Caribbean literature. He graduated from the École Supérieure de Commerce in Paris and first worked as a financial consultant. But he soon changed direction to devote himself fully to his artistic projects. His first decisive success came in 2011 at the Rencontres of Bamako, the African biennial photography event in Mali.

He takes inspiration from the great historic African photographers, Mama Casset, Seydou Keïta, Malick Sidibé, and from the designer Jean-Paul Goude. His personal work was exhibited for the first time in 2011 during the Encounters of Bamako, the African biennial photography event in Mali.

In 2014, with Diaspora, Omar Victor Diop first portrayed himself in the role of major figures of African history. The series marked the beginning of international recognition. The Liberty series (2017) evokes and juxtaposes important moments in the black protest movement. In his Allegoria series (2021), he embodies humanity needing to protect life.


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