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