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CHRISTOPHE PERSON – President

Africa is full of talent, especially young sculptors who stand out for the quality and uniqueness of their creation and we want to promote them with the first edition of BISO.

Christophe Person was born in 1978 in France. A graduate of HEC Paris and Christie’s Education in London, Christophe worked for ten years for finance in Paris and London, at Amundi and the Grameen Crédit Agricole Foundation where he was in charge of fundraising for various projects in developing countries. Christophe joined the auction house PIASA in 2016, where he is in charge of sales of contemporary African art.

NYABA LÉON OUÉDRAOGO – Vice-President

« The first edition of BISO is for me a way to invite Africans to appropriate their own cultural and artistic values because I do not believe in a social, political and economic development of a civilization without the contribution of the artists. »

Nyaba Léon Ouédraogo is a photographer born in Burkina Faso in 1978. He now lives between Paris and Ouagadougou. He received several awards, including the European Union prize at the 9th African Photography Meetings in Bamako (2011). He was a finalist of the Pictet 2010 prize and winner of the Résidences Photoquai in 2013. He regularly collaborates with Jeune Afrique Magazine. His works have been published in numerous magazines (The Guardian, Connaissance des Arts) and are present in many museums and private collections.

SIRIKI KY – Honorary President

Burkinabe sculptor born in 1953, Siriki Ky studied at the School of Fine Arts in Abidjan. Combining wood, metal and bronze, he creates hybrid figures inspired by African tales and legends. In 1988, he initiated the International Granite Sculpture Symposium in Laongo, Burkina Faso. In December 2018, he was named Knight of the Order of the Lion in Senegal.

« I usually work bronze to allow visitors to see our ancestral technique of making sculptures. This technique of casting with lost wax is done outside in a forge made with half of barrel of oil and coal. »

FLORENCE CONAN – Project Coordinator

Art professional and artist, Florence Conan was born in 1991 in France. She graduated from the Ecole du Louvre with a specialty in modern art and African arts. After a curatorial fellowship at the Davis Museum (Wellesley College, Mass.), she specialized in managing collections and exhibitions and was responsible for the collections of the Art Center of Port-au-Prince (Haiti) from 2016 to 2017. Research, exhibition design and the valorisation of works and artists are at the heart of her work.

ESTELLE ONEMA – Project Coordinator

Born in France in 1970, Estelle Onema spent her early childhood in Zaire (now DRC). A professional in cultural mediation, she graduated from the Ecole du Louvre. Her passion for the arts and cultures of Africa and the diasporas has flourished in museums and art foundations (musée du quai Branly, Musée Dapper and Fondation Clément). Responsible for mediation tools and the coordination of multidisciplinary projects, also provides tailor-made training.

FRANCOIS DENEULIN – BISO OFF Coordinator

Born in 1972, François Deneulin is an art historian and runs since the early 90s various activities in visual arts. After an experience at the DRAC Rhône-Alpes in the arts department (Ministry of Culture), he founded in 2009 in Barraux-France, the Deneulin Gallery, becoming in 2017 the Deneulin Agency. He opened an art gallery in Bryggen-Bergen in April 2019 with Chloé Krzywinski : the KD-Galleri in Norway.