EXHIBITION HETEROSIS

THIEMOKO CLAUDE DIARRA


HETEROSIS

18 JUNE 2020 - 30 SEPTEMBER 2020


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Little Trump

Hetherosis studium 01 (2020)

Pencil, Bone and ink

70 x 60 cm

Rêve de Présidence

Hetherosis mutatio 01 (2020)

Wood, oil painting and plastic

25 x 25 cm

Oeuvre et Objets

Pellis Hetherosis 04 (2020)

Pyrography on Lamb Skin

88 x 60 cm

Le Pouvoir de l'Artiste

Mustelacorpus Hetherosis 02 (2020)

Taxidermy and wood

21 x 36 cm

Untitled

Hetherosis studium 03 (2020)

Pencil, Taxidermy and ink

70 x 60 cm

Zap

Pellis Hetherosis 03 (2020)

Pyrography on Lamb Skin

88 x 60 cm

Les Chocs du Pape

Bistiacorpus Hetherosis (2020)

Taxidermy, Feathers and wood

88 x 88 cm

Kuba Danger

Hetherosis mutatio 02 (2020)

Wood, oil painting and plastic

15 x 14 cm

Le Roi Léo

Scūrioluscephalus Hetherosis (2020)

Taxidermy, Fibers and wood

32 x 14 cm

Racine

Phasianinaecorpus Hetherosis 02 (2020)

Taxidermy and wood

33 x 72 cm

Le Roi Léo

Bistiacephalus Hetherosis 01 (2020)

Taxidermy and wood

50 x 20 cm

Le Roi Léo

Hetherosis studium 05 (2020)

Pencil, Bone and ink

70 x 60 cm

Le Roi Léo

Mustelacephalus Hetherosis (2020)

Taxidermy and wood

29 x 14 cm

Le Roi Léo

Hetherosis mutatio 03 (2020)

Wood, oil painting and plastic

15 x 14 cm

Le Roi Léo

Mustelacorpus Hetherosis 01 (2020)

Taxidermy and wood

10 x 67  cm

Le Roi Léo

Hetherosis studium 07 (2020)

Pencil, Bone and ink

70 x 60 cm

Le Roi Léo

Pellis Hetherosis 05 (2020)

Pyrography on Lamb Skin

88 x 60 cm

Le Roi Léo

Hetherosis studium 06 (2020)

Pencil, Bone and ink

70 x 60 cm

THIEMOKO CLAUDE DIARRA

(MALI / BELGIUM, 1974)




 

Born in Mali in 1974, Diarra lived between Bamako, Brussels and Dakar. His father is a Bamana sculptor and his mother was a nurse from Belgium. Thiémoko Claude Diarra sits right at the crossroad of these two cultures, between the sacred art of his ancestors and the heritage of those who advanced Western medical science through the centuries.


His most recent expansive project, Anatopia, is an absurd scientific analysis which brings new life into classical African art. Far from the usual vectors of anthropological, social or cultural studies of traditional African art, Anatopia looks at this immense heritage from an artistic point of view. By surgically dissecting Malian, but also Congolese or Ivorian statues, the artist aims to create an infinite cabinet of curiosities which challenges viewers to think and re-think their understanding of (African) art, like a mirror distorting reality so we may better grasp its reflection.


Diarra’s sculptures, drawings, painted photographs and installations are like a mad cocktail of impressions blended from the improbable encounter between a Baoulé beauty, Andreas Vesalius (1514-1564), an anonymous Belgian colonizer and Berlinde de Bruyckere (1964), whose work the artist admires. A protégé of surrealist artist Jean-Michel Folon (1934-2005), Diarra also worked in fashion and started his career by painting tales in miniature on watches and on canvas.


Through an ensemble of artistic series like Bastards, Cultural Shock, Comparative Animism, Lost Power Relics and Vesalius’s Dream, Anatopia appears to be the long-awaited final bridge between classic and contemporary African art. On this bridge, like an explosive modern Nganga (spiritual healer), Thiemoko Claude Diarra creates his visions of Europe and Africa, their past and the future they hold for each other. This artistic communion is further investigated in his most recent series: Hunting Trophies and Heterosis.





Selected Exhibitions & Collections

 

Solo exhibitions (selection)      

        

2020      “Heterosis” Kloser Contemporary Art, Online

2019      “Anatopia” Kloser Contemporary Art, Online & Brussels

2018      Cécile Kerner Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

2017      Cécile Kerner Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

2016      “Dolce Vita” in situ Fresco at the Paris Match Summer Night, Belgium

2014      Mural Painting “The Coronation of Aeolus”, Brussels, Belgium

2014      “Way to Happiness” at Parfum d’Ambre Le Châtelain, Brussels, Belgium

2014      Espace 27 Septembre, Molenbeek Art Tour, Brussels, Belgium

2013      “Art is a Gift” at Maria-Clara Art Point Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

2013      “The Disjointed Tales” at Molenbeek Centre Communautaire Maritime, Brussels, Belgium

2012      “Half-Closed” at Maison des Cultures de Molenbeek, Brussels, Belgium

2010      Tag Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

2010       « Millenium Development Goals » at Centre International pour la Ville, l’Architecture et le Paysage – and at Théâtre Molière, Brussels, Belgium


 

Group exhibitions (short selection)


2020      Maison de Force, Strasbourg, France

2019      BISO, Biennale Internationale de Sculpture de Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

2019      « Polarité » with Soly Cissé, Dimitri Fagbohun and Dati Bendo at the Boondael Chapel, Brussels, BE

2014      « Showcasing in Belgium » at the Belgian Embassy in L.A., USA

2011      “Stripping” at Dérapages Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

2009       « L’Un vers l’Autre » with Aimé Mpane at the Cultural Center of Ottignies, Belgium        

 

 

Awards & Collections


Collections:


  • Molenbeek Museum, Brussels, Belgium
  • The AOC Collection of Contemporary African Art, Geneva, Switzerland
  • The Pas-Chaudoir Collection of Contemporary Art from Africa and the Diaspora, Antwerp, Belgium


2010     Prix des Commerçants de Saint-Gilles, Parcours des Artistes, Brussels, Belgium