Malian artist Daouda Traore (1987) focuses on migration. He shows scenes from the life of a migrant in the form of collages of paint, canvas, sand and printing techniques. Migrants with their luggage seem to walk out of the picture; they sit in an overcrowded pickup truck or climb over fences. A few come face to face with the Eiffel Tower, the symbol of the triumph of the migrant’s dream.
He calls the letters dancing through the image ‘illegible poetry’. It symbolizes stepping into the darkness of the journey into the unknown. Traore: “My conscience requires me to talk about immigration because I have many friends and acquaintances who have been victims of it. My paintings reflect the experiences of our society, the great challenges facing the world, such as multiple crises, immigration, conflicts and also the daily life of African societies. ”
Traore graduated from the art academy in Bamako, Mali ‘Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers Multimédia Balla Fasseké Kouyaté’ and started working as an art teacher and artist in Sikasso, Mali. He exhibited in numerous group shows and solo shows in Mali where he also attended various workshops.
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