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‘What is more astonishing to me, is the fact of seeing all these objects and things thrown away as rubbish. For me this is an opportunity to learn but also to show that, apart from our material difficulties and the lack of infrastructure related to artistic creativity, one could get inspiration from tradition and create contemporary artistic works with less means.’

A member of a blacksmith family which, for many generations, has been working with all kinds of metals, Saliou Traore (1965) first exhibited his works at the Ouagadougou International Fair for Handicrafts. He went on to use all kinds of materials and is presently working with ‘found objects’. ‘This is an important approach for me, in terms of ecological and economical issues, because of the very low costs.’ Traore’s work reflects scenes of everyday life, and sometimes fugitive images that he tries to seize, to stop the time. Traore has been living in Ouagadougou since 1993.
At the end of 1999, Alassane Drabo and Saliou Traoré spent two months in Amsterdam on invitation by the Thami Mnyele foundation. During their stay in Amsterdam, Drabo together with Saliou Traore arranged the design and layout of two rooms in Hotel Winston (Amsterdam). Both artists were fascinated by the similarities between artistic traditions of the Netherlands and Burkina Faso, such as the patterns and colours of Amsterdam canal houses that can be seen on certain masks of Burkina Faso. Alassane and Saliou are friends and worked together on a wall project decoration at Ouagadougou airport.

Saliou Traore lives in the netherlands

Saliou Traore
Burkina Faso
Atang Tshikare
Aline Xavier
Haroon Gunn-Salie
Jody Brand
Ziyanda Majozi
Emmanuel Iduma
Simangaliso Sibiya
Razia Barsatie
Jabu Arnell
Tiisetso Molobi
Lazi Mathebula
Pamela Clarkson
Atta Kwami
Mongezi Ncaphayi
Em'kal Eyongakpa
Atef Berredjem
Rehema Chachage
Mohamed Ahmed Abdel Rasoul
Moshekwa Langa
Bernard Akoi-Jackson
Helen Zeru Araya
Admire Kamudzengerere
Zanele Muholi
Lara Bourdin
Awaad Issa
Ashraf Moneim
Louis Boshoff
Krishna Luchoomun
Ruan Hoffmann
Sultana Haukim
Adriaan de Villiers
Michele Tabor
Koyo Kouoh
Viktor Ekpuk
Santu Mofokeng
Mihret Kebede
Nisren Abasher Ahmed
Hasan and Husain Essop
Leo Lefort
Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi
Akirash
Akintunde Akinleye
Ruan Hoffmann
Michael Tsegaye
Adriaan de Villiers
Zanele Muholi
Hadia Gana
James Iroha Uchechukwu
Mahmoud Khaled
Sarah Erzfinke
Batoul Shimi
Thierry Mandon
Gabriel Kemzo Malou
Ngone Fall
Odili Donald Odita
Dineo Seshee Bopape
Victor Ekpuk
Doreen Southwood
Clifford Charles
Assefa Gebrekidan
Guy Wouete
Thulani Shongwe
Nicholas Hlobo
Doreen Southwood
Odili Donald Odita
Rehab El Sadek
Papisto Boy
John Murray
Isaac Carlos
Rose Kirumira
Dominique Zinkpè
Senzeni Marasela
Tarek Zaki
Kheto Lualuali
Meshac Gaba
Rafs Mayet
Henk Rossouw
Nawaal Deane
Darryl Accone
Louis Mhlanga
Krishna Luchoomun
Moss Mogale
Samson Kambalu
Abrie Fourie
Dominique Fontaine
Ilse Pahl
Saliou Traore
Alassane Drabo
Harry Mutasa
Moshekwa Langa
Jeremy Wafer
Artists 1992-1998 >>