Sanou Oumar, Drawings
PRE-ECHO Press, New York, 2018
230 pages, softcover
15 x 11 inches
Available for Pre Order Only. Pre Orders will ship on or before December 20th. PRE ECHO will contact special edition purchasers with specific information regarding prints.
Special Edition $400
Special Edition accompanied by signed and numbered unique silkscreen print with individual alterations by the artist (ten images, each in edition of ten)
Designed by Omar Sosa
Essay by Matt Paweski
“Sanou Oumar’s intricate drawings reveal his interest in the dynamic forms and structures of architecture borne out of a real yet imaginative desire for home: roots, order, and infinite calm. As a young person growing up in Burkina Faso, Oumar would contemplate the elaborate simplicity of the modern bank building in Ouagadougou: “There was nothing missing. I could see all the lines in the building: rectangles, circles, triangles, everything included, each one following its own order.” His serialized, daily drawing practice echoes this pursuit of visual order, a process that helps him reframe and come to terms with the chaos of his past and present experience: the trauma and constraints of his childhood, and the physical and emotional displacement he faces as an asylum seeker in the U.S.
Oumar’s highly inventive works elevate quotidian materials—a pen, marker, colored pencil, or paper—while employing his personal possessions as stencils: his ID card, disposable spoons, washers, compass. The deftly made drawings immediately call to mind Indian mandalas, complex circular designs that represent imaginary palaces to contemplate during meditation.” —Svetlana Kitto
Sanou Oumar was born in Burkina Faso, West Africa. He graduated from the University of Ouagadougou (2007) with a major in English literature, and received certification in English at the British Embassy in Dakar, Senegal (2007–2010). In 2015, Oumar came to the United States to seek asylum and pursue his dream of becoming an architect. In 2018, Oumar had his first two-person exhibition (with Matt Paweski) at Gordon Robichaux, NY. He’s exhibited his work in group exhibitions including Art and Resistance, curated by the Center for Constitutional Rights, at Mor Mor Studio, New York; at Clifford Chance US LLP; and in A Page From My Intimate Journal (Part I) — at Gordon Robichaux. His work has been reviewed on two occasions in The New Yorker. In December 2018, his work will be included in A Concentration of Power at Joost van den Bergh in London, and a book of Oumar’s drawings (published by Pre-Echo Press) will be released. In January 2019, his work will be included in a three-person exhibition at Herald Street in London.