• Jackson Fine Art is excited to open the season with Sanlé Sory’s Volta Photo and Saïdou Dicko’s The Shadowed People. These two bodies of work come out of the rich artistic landscape of Burkina Faso, formerly known as the Republic of Upper Volta. While these artists share a homeland, their work veers in two directions with Sory encapsulating their country’s past and Dicko documenting its present and looking toward its future. Both artists bear witness to powerful expressions of identity in a postcolonial era.  

  • “Ever since I was little, I’ve always loved taking pictures of myself. The photos I took help me to remember...

    “Ever since I was little, I’ve always loved taking pictures of myself. The photos I took help me to remember how I was. I see that I’m no longer like that […] but it’s not an illness, it’s just time. You have to have memories and, little by little, you’ll have good memories for the grandkids. Even those who aren’t born, maybe you’ll no longer be here, but your images are, and they’ll see all of that."- Sanlé Sory 

     

    Sanlé Sory was (born in Nianiagara, Burkina Faso, 1953) and began taking photographs in 1960. He studied under a Ghanian photographer and began as a photojournalist and album cover artist before opening his own studio, Volta Photo, in the mid-1960s. He is known for his signature black and white, 6 x 6 format portraits taken on a Rolleiflex in his personal studio. He has exhibited at Morton Hill Gallery, Yossi Milo Gallery, and the Art Institute of Chicago. He has published Volta Photo 1965-85 (2017), Volta Photo (2018), Studio Volta Photo (2018).

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  • Sanlé Sory, Yamaha de Nuit, 1971

    Sanlé Sory

    Yamaha de Nuit, 1971

    “The day I came to Bobo-Dioulasso, I came by train. My cousin […] helped me open a studio, Volta Photo. Volta Jazz, Volta Photo — they complemented each other. When we opened Volta Photo, we displayed photos of our first clients. We had a lot of photos — we put them on the walls, the ceiling. And like that, clients started coming. They’d come to pose either with their girlfriend, their wife, their children, or their whole family. During celebrations, people came back. Of course, you had to have accessories. We had an old telephone. The one who wanted to be photographed on the motorcycle, he got on my motorcycle like it was his, and it worked.” - Sanlé Sory

     

  • Sanlé Sory, Le Commandant, 1976

    Sanlé Sory

    Le Commandant, 1976

    “Another client wanted to pose with a guitar, and he did it easily. He wasn’t a musician, he just wanted people to believe he was. Another guy liked having his photo taken with the plane. And why? Because he thought that in the future, he would have the resources to travel. He is deceased now, but looking at this, we see that he was ready.”- Sanlé Sory

    • Sanlé Sory La Relève, 1982
      Sanlé Sory
      La Relève, 1982
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    • Sanlé Sory Elvis, 1974
      Sanlé Sory
      Elvis, 1974
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    • Sanlé Sory Mali Djeli, 1984
      Sanlé Sory
      Mali Djeli, 1984
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    • Sanlé Sory Le Voyageur, 1973
      Sanlé Sory
      Le Voyageur, 1973
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    • Sanlé Sory Jeunesse Sankara, 1984
      Sanlé Sory
      Jeunesse Sankara, 1984
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    • Sanlé Sory Amour, ma chérie, 1970
      Sanlé Sory
      Amour, ma chérie, 1970
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  • Sanlé Sory, Allo? on arrive !, 1978

    Sanlé Sory

    Allo? on arrive !, 1978

    “When people used the phone as a prop, this is how they would do it. They would act, pretending to listen to or speak to someone. That was one way I lured in customers. People liked to see somebody using a phone in those days. It was seen as a sign of prosperity. It wasn’t just the men, the ladies and girls also saw the phone as a symbol of modernity, along with the radio. With a phone in hand, life if beautiful!”- Sanlé Sory 

  • Saïdou Dicko was born in Burkina Faso in 1979. He lives and works in Paris, France. Dicko is a self-taught...

    Saïdou Dicko was born in Burkina Faso in 1979. He lives and works in Paris, France. 

     

    Dicko is a self-taught visual artist (photographer, videographer, installer and painter). At the age of five, Dicko, a Fulani Shepherd, learned to draw by collecting shadows of his sheep on the Sahel soils. Naturally, the shadow is present in all of his work. In 2005, he began to experiment with photography. Six months after his photographic debut, he presented his first exhibition in the 2006 Dakar Biennial Off, where he won a prize, the first in a long series.

     

    His work has been presented at many international events (biennials, international fairs, exhibitions). In 2012, he co-founded the collective "Rendez-Vous d’Artistes" which is a nomadic platform where artists of all kinds — curators, gallerists, art lovers, cultural journalists — can exchange ideas. Since 2013, he has been curator and scenographer, particularly in Morocco.

     

    Dicko's artistic work continues to evolve thanks to his travels, his experience, his variousinspirations and his continued quest for a better world. His new series, The Shadowed People, is a reflection of years of work and research. Fifty percent of all sales of Dicko’s work go to his association, Nafoore Cellal, which has developed a health center and pharmacy, an organic vegetable garden employing 25 women and 7 men, 2 solar- powered water towers, and 2 manual water pumps in his native Yagma pastoral zone in Burkina Faso.

  • AVAILABLE WORKS

    • Saïdou Dicko Élégance, 2021
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      Élégance, 2021
       
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    • Saïdou Dicko The yellow princess, Act3, 2021
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      The yellow princess, Act3, 2021
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    • Saïdou Dicko Suède, Vélo Act1, 2021
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      Suède, Vélo Act1, 2021
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    • Saïdou Dicko, Hope, T Japon RED/BLUE/GREEN, 2021
      Saïdou Dicko, Hope, T Japon RED/BLUE/GREEN, 2021
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    • Saïdou Dicko, Le jus, T Inde, 2021
      Saïdou Dicko, Le jus, T Inde, 2021
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    • Saïdou Dicko, The blue princess, Act2 T Eyes RED, 2021
      Saïdou Dicko, The blue princess, Act2 T Eyes RED, 2021
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  • Through painting, photography, video, and installations, Saïdou Dicko transforms the representation of forms, giving life to visual phenomena, to physical and psychological events of light, uniting the two extreme values that are at the heart of black and white contrast. He finds pleasure in bringing together the opposites to talk to us about equality, union, maternal love, freedom, and humanity. 

    • Saïdou Dicko Homme fleuri, Statue, 2021
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      Homme fleuri, Statue, 2021
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    • Saïdou Dicko, The two princesses, Act2, 2021
      Saïdou Dicko, The two princesses, Act2, 2021
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    • Saïdou Dicko The princess of joy, Brique Act1, 2021
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      The princess of joy, Brique Act1, 2021
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    • Saïdou Dicko, Miss Kim, I'm learning about me, 2021
      Saïdou Dicko, Miss Kim, I'm learning about me, 2021
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    • Saïdou Dicko, The butterfly on the green can, T Chaines, 2021
      Saïdou Dicko, The butterfly on the green can, T Chaines, 2021
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    • Saïdou Dicko Le prince berger, Act1, 2021 $5,000
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      Le prince berger, Act1, 2021
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    • Saïdou Dicko, La robe bleue sur les vagues, T12, 2021
      Saïdou Dicko, La robe bleue sur les vagues, T12, 2021
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    • Saïdou Dicko, Sur le trône, Act1 T51, 2021
      Saïdou Dicko, Sur le trône, Act1 T51, 2021
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    • Saïdou Dicko, On the throne, Act2, 2021
      Saïdou Dicko, On the throne, Act2, 2021
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    • Saïdou Dicko, Untitled, 2021
      Saïdou Dicko, Untitled, 2021
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    • Saïdou Dicko, Argentine, 2021
      Saïdou Dicko, Argentine, 2021
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    • Saïdou Dicko, The star, 2021
      Saïdou Dicko, The star, 2021
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    • Saïdou Dicko, The green hand, 2021
      Saïdou Dicko, The green hand, 2021
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    • Saïdou Dicko, Joy, 2021
      Saïdou Dicko, Joy, 2021
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    • Saïdou Dicko, The sharing, 2021
      Saïdou Dicko, The sharing, 2021
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    • Saïdou Dicko, Shepherdess, 2020
      Saïdou Dicko, Shepherdess, 2020
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    • Saïdou Dicko, The yellow dress, 2020
      Saïdou Dicko, The yellow dress, 2020
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    • Saïdou Dicko, Miss nature, 2021
      Saïdou Dicko, Miss nature, 2021
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    • Saïdou Dicko, The blue can, 2021
      Saïdou Dicko, The blue can, 2021
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    • Saïdou Dicko, Our flower princess, 2021
      Saïdou Dicko, Our flower princess, 2021
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