Lumieres d'Afriques | NYABA LEON OUEDRAOGO
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Nyaba L.Ouedraogo was born in Burkina Faso in 1978. After reluctantly abandoning a sports career, as a consequence of an accident, he decided to engage in photography. As a self-taught artist, he learned the principles of photography and applied his curiosity to this art.


His creative process consists of both an aesthetic and documentary approach. His photographs, which undermine the contemporary vision of Africa inherited from the colonial era, represent a real social insight on the continent. The human being is at the heart of his artistic reflection. He takes on, not without acknowledging the deep belief of African societies in the mystical, the themes of marginality and exclusion, as well as precarious living and working conditions. Wanting to reveal the changes happening within African societies, he focuses on ecological issues linked to plastic and electronic waste.


The work of Nyaba L. Ouedraogo is diffused in numerous journals and he frequently collaborates with the magazine Jeune Afrique. Several important institutions support him and show his work, including the Dapper Museum, in Paris, in 2012; the Institut français in Ouagadougou; the Fondation Blachère in Apt, France, and the Manchester Museum, in the UK, in 2015. He received the Picto Award (2010) and the Prix de l’Union européenne, Prix du reportage at the Rencontres de Bamako, Mali (2011).


Nyaba L. Ouedraogo divides his time between Paris and Ouagadougou. He cofounded a collective and exchange space focused on photography.


Nyaba Ouedraogo,
Génération C : connexion, communication, culture et création, 2015,
Printed on Hahnemühle photorag baryta,
120 x 120 cm,
©Nyaba Ouedraogo

As you know, the Coronavirus is spreading worldwide. After Asia, Europe and the American continent, the African continent sees the Covid19 epidemic coming with great concern, given the limited health infrastructures available in some countries.


All the AAD teams wish to give their warm support to the artists, professionals, partners and volunteers involved in our projects throughout Africa.


We have preventively taken the decision to temporarily suspend all our activities in the field in order to participate in the security of all and to try stop the spread of the virus on the continent.


As we know today, the speed of implementation of measures to protect people on a collective scale is critical in the future fight against the impact of this virus.


In these times of containment, you can find some of our projects and keep in touch on :


The virtual gallery of the Lumières d'Afriques exhibition


AAD website 


AAD instagram


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Above all, take care of yourself and your loved ones.


AAD team.