Nestor Da

During a curator visit commissioned by International Curators Forum at Bamako Encounters 2009: African Photography Festival, Yasmina Reggad was appointed jury member of the Fondation Blachère‘s Bamako Encounters’ Prizes. Nestor Da was amongst the 5 award winners (Baudouin Mouanda, Zanele Muholi, Uche Okpa-Iroha et François Xavier Gbré). Da has also received the ‘Young Creation’ Prize and enjoyed 6-month residency at the prestigious Arles School of Photography.

Photo-Festivals is thrilled to announce their collaboration with the Fondation Blachère (Apt, France) and to invite Burkinabè photographer Nestor Da to be the 3rd Crossing Point photographer-in-residence during Les Rencontres International de la Photographie d’Arles* 2010 from 4th to 12th July 2010.

Nestor Da will undertake an intensive eight-day residency in Arles, during which he will share a flat with other photography practitioners and make contact with numerous renowned practitioners in the field while enjoying the photo festival. He will also attend The Rencontres d’Arles Photo Folio Review .




Nestor Da (1982, Ivory Cost) is a self-taught photographer who lives and works in Burkina Faso.

Nestor Da found his inspiration in the materiality of a photograph and infinite possibilities to transform an image. He constructs his work not only from his own photographs as a starting point, but also with found materials. He juxtaposes, confronts, paints and overlaps them into a single image in order to deconstruct the original. Photographs are the raw material of Nestor Da’s artworks who assembles and collects fragments to unveil a new life for the images and build a singular universe on photographic paper.

Nestor Da‘s work has been exhibited extensively in West Africa. His solo exhibition include “L’Ombre de l’Image”, Musée Mainssieux (France, July 2010); Atelier 16 (France, May 2010); La Vitrine (France, April 2010); CCF Georges Méliès de Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso, 2009).

His collective exhibitions include “Passage”, Fondation Bullukian / Musée des Confluences (France, June 2010); “III PhotoAfrica Contest”, Tarifa Festival of African Festival (May 2010, Spain); “International Exhibition”, Bamako Encounters 2009: African Photography Festival (Mali, November 2009); “La Possibilité du Bonheur”, Centre d’Art Contemporain Badjidala (Mali, 2008).

Nestor has received the Fondation Blachère “Young Creation” Prize at the Bamako Encounters (2009) and the 2nd Prize PhotoAfrica Contest of the Centro Andaluz de Fotografía (2008).


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* The Crossing Point Residency is not part of Les Rencontres d’Arles’ programme.