Ouedraogo Adjaratou


Adjaratou Ouedraogo is one of the few women painters in Burkina Faso. Through a sort of mise en abyme, the artist explores her childhood, her cracks, her wounds: a story in the story that tells each other with each other...The border between image and memory creates moments of life carefully carved, then almost religiously, arranged in boxes, like her childish characters often appearing in quirky positions.

Since the 2000’s Adjaratou Ouedraogo has been developing her practice in several mediums including painting, drawing and sculpture. Using simultaneously charcoal, acrylic and pastel. She also makes animated films.

Through her painting, this form of language that refers to her personal history, the artist sublimates a deep wound directly related to the absence of her mother. Her colorful universe, populated by childish characters, opens a multitude of perspective, in the background, a perpetual questioning of identity. This small theater of intimacy that she creates with bright and colorful touches, is now her personal mark.

And because it gives importance to the material, to the color, which often comes to drive away the sadness, and to the idea of freedom, the work of Adjaratou Ouedraogo is always the occasion to express a corrosive art that tries to dissolve all the obstacles to this same freedom, thus stimulating our senses and creating a poetic link between our memory and our experiences.

Exhibitions selected

Personal Exhibition

2018 - Maison Rouge de Cotonou, Bénin

2017 - Les gens de la carrière, galerie Passage de Sète

2017 - Ma force Tranquille, villa Yiri Suma, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

2017 - Galerie de l’école Supérieure d’Art d’Aix-en-Provence

2016 - Galerie Abdoulaye Konaté à la fondation du Festival sur le Niger, Ségou

2016 - Galerie Hannah, Namur, Belgique

2015 - Circonférence de l’intime, galerie de l’Oratoire, Villeneuve lès-Avignon, France

2015 - l’Institut Français de N’djamena, Tchad

2014 - Exodes, galerie Une IMAGE, Saint Etienne, France

2013 - Métamorphoses au Goethe Institut Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

2010 - Centre de Développement Humain (C.D.H.), Viareggio, Italy