Nyaba Ouedraogo, photographer of the Human and introspection  

Imbued with a double culture, an in-between, Nyaba Ouedraogo lives and works between Ouagadagou and Paris. His aesthetic and documentary images question the political, economic, sociological and ecological era.  Self-taught, he criss-crosses Ghana on the lookout for copper waste collectors, stone breakers from a quarry in Burkina Faso and follows the transporters of public dumps in Côte d'Ivoire. 


Presented at the Bamako Biennale in 2013, "L'enfer du cuivre" (Copper Hell) retraces with veracity the exploitation of a youth in search of employment exposed to chemical poisoning. Pushing further the limits of his art, Nyaba's work reveals a mythological content where men and women are grappling with natural forces such as fire, earth, and the tropical forest, living subjects that shape the composition of his stories. The metaphor of water takes its full measure in "The Phantoms of Congo River" series produced between 2011 and 2013. The photographer is inspired by Joseph Conrad's cult novel "In the Heart of Darkness" to revive the spirits of the river, which are conducive to beliefs, myths, rituals and shares the daily life of the riverside residents.  In 2015, "Les dévoreuses d'âme", a diptych in the documentary vein presented at the Quai Branly Museum, will be followed by "Les dévoreuses d'âme", a diptych in the documentary vein presented at the Quai Branly Museum. An enigmatic work, open to mystical beliefs. In 2020, Nyaba's inclination for the human brings him to grasp an Africa in full mutation through the triptych "The Popular Theater" exhibited at 1:54 New York Art Fair.


Finally, "The visible and the invisible" series realized in Ouagadougou in 2020 signs a new aesthetic, Nyaba, colorist puts pop tones. Ultimate sign of dialogue, transformation, the mask unites identities and forces in perpetual movement in an artistic confrontation that brings together past and present. Awarded the European Union prize at the 9th Rencontres de la photographie in Bamako Nyaba Ouedraogo, is a finalist for the 2010 Prix Pictet. Winner of the Résidences Photoquai Musée du Quai Branly 2013, he has been nominated for the Prix Pictet in 2014 and Prince Claus in 2015. His works are included in the collections of the Fondation Blachère, the Musée du Quai Branly and the Museum of Manchester in the United Kingdom.



Solo show

2019 Sculpting Time Galerie Felix Frachon, Brussels Monograph

2013 Voz'Galerie, Boulogne Monograph

2012 Private Gallery, Paris The Copper Hell & Granite Crackers

2010 Galerie Ben, Paris L'Enfer du Cuivre

2009 Tour Saint-Aubin, European Week of Culture, Angers L'Enfer du Cuivre

2006 Children of Bahia, Paris Identitée Noire

2005 On the spot, L'espace 7 Parnassiens, Paris “Contemporary Mic Mac”

2004 Casablanca, Morocco Contemporary mic mac

Group show


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COLORS OF AFRICA, 193 Gallery, Paris, France

1:54 New-York Art Fair Galerie Afikaris, Paris The Popular Theater

French Institute, Ouagadougou Alternance


Les Rencontres d'Arles Galerie Art-Z Olivier Sultan, Paris The Phantoms of Congo River


“Letter in my dream” Galerie Felix Frachon, Brussels Monograph

Clément Foundation, Martinique The Phantoms of Congo River


“Africa Route” Quai Branly museum, Paris The Copper Hell

“Regard sur cour” Goré Island & Dapper Museum The Phantoms of Congo River


Urban Africa and Its Margins, Jean-Paul Blachère Foundation

The soul devourers


Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa, Fowler Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles L'Enfer du Cuivre

Month of photography, Vienna The Copper Hell

Photo festival, Bilbao The Copper Hell


Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC L'Enfer du Cuivre


We Face Forward: Art from West Africa Today, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester L'Enfer du Cuivre

Prix ​​Pictet - Growth, Ayyam Gallery, Beirut L'Enfer du Cuivre


Pictet Prize - Growth, Gallery of Photography, Dublin

The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC L'Enfer du Cuivre

Arteversum, Düsseldorf The Copper Hell

Thessaloniki Museum of Photography, Thessaloniki The Copper Hell

Passage de Retz, Paris L'Enfer du Cuivre

“Visa pour l'image” Perpignan L'Enfer du Cuivre

“Growth”, Prix Pictet, shortlisted exhibition, Passage de Retz,


Real Jardin Botanico, Madrid The Copper Hell

Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego Copper Hell

The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC L'Enfer du Cuivre

Museum of Photography, Dublin The Copper Hell

The Empty Quarter Gallery, Dubai L'Enfer du Cuivre

Ayyam Gallery, Beirut L'Enfer du Cuivre


“3rd World Festival of Negro Arts”, Dakar, L'Enfer du Cuivre

"Climate change in Africa", Cancun, L'Enfer du Cuivre

“Prix Pictet”, Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire, Paris L'Enfer du Cuivre


The European Union at the 9th Bamako Photography Meetings (2011).

Finalist for the 2010 Pictet Prize, and winner of the 2013 Photoquai Residences - Musée du Quai Branly.

Nominated for the Pictet Prize in 2014 and the Prince Claus Prize in 2015