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).