FINALIST ELLIPSE PRIZE 2021

Ismaël Mahamadou Laouali

Born in Niamey, Niger, in 1995, Ismaël Mahamadou Laouali is a photographer and former professional dancer.

Ismaël Mahamadou finalist of the ellipse Prize dedicated to Senegal

Ismaël Mahamadou Laouali discovered photography in 2019 Fascinated by the medium, he trained himself as a self-taught photographer and made a name for himself with a quirky, catchy mobile studio at parties in Niamey.

He began with commissioned work before developing a more personal style when he arrived in Dakar in November 2019. His favorite themes are identity, invisible people in society and man in his environment. His work is part of a more general project to reappropriate and enhance African identity, as well as a process of change and transmission that highlights the issues of our time.

Photography as an emotional refuge

Through his self-portraits, the artist highlights the complex feeling mixing melancholy, nostalgia and hope felt when we leave our country for another one The artist says he feels “locked up”, especially during the lockdown in 2020, which forced him to stay at home, thinking about the times he spent in his native country.

He then took refuge behind his computer, working on the only material available to him: himself. In his work, the artist also calls on Africans to free themselves, to refuse borders, both moral and physical. For him, “circulation” is the key word of the 21st century, as it is also the word that characterized historic African cultures.

Déposez votre candidature pour le Prix ellipse 2024

L’appel à candidatures est dédié aux artistes visuels 18/40 ans, résidant au Bénin ou béninois résidant sur le continent.

Les candidats doivent également être non représentés (en contrat) avec une galerie.

L’éligibilité de chaque candidat reste à l’appréciation de l’organisateur (voir détails dans le règlement ci-dessous).

Pour déposer votre candidature, il suffit de remplir ce formulaire en fournissant les informations obligatoires (*).

Les participants doivent également déposer un portfolio de leur travail (5 à 10 œuvres, template ci-dessous si besoin) ainsi qu’un projet d’exposition en lien avec la thématique 2024 (détaillée ci-dessous) qui fera l’objet de l’exposition du futur lauréat lors de la foire AKAA en octobre 2024 à Paris.

Formulaire candidature

1/4 – Informations personnelles

2/4 – Adresse et Réseaux Sociaux

3/4 – Biographie et note d’intention

Un template permettant de réaliser un portfolio est à votre disposition, veuillez vous y référer.

Un document d’aide est disponible afin de vous aider à remplir cette demande.

Form application EN

1/4 – Informations personnelles

2/4 – Adresse et Réseaux Sociaux

3/4 – Biographie et note d’intention

A template for creating a portfolio is available, please refer to it.

A help document is available to assist you in completing this application.

Apply for the Ellipse 2024 Prize

The call for applications is dedicated to visual artists aged 18/40, living in Benin or Beninese living on the continent.

Candidates must also be unrepresented (under contract) with a gallery.

The eligibility of each candidate remains at the discretion of the organizer (see details in the rules below).

To apply, simply fill in this form with the required information (*).

Participants must also submit a portfolio of their work (5 to 10 artworks, template below if required) as well as an exhibition project in line with the 2024 theme (detailed below), which will be the subject of the future winner’s exhibition at the AKAA fair in October 2024 in Paris.

Formulaire candidature

1/4 – Informations personnelles

2/4 – Adresse et Réseaux Sociaux

3/4 – Biographie et note d’intention

Un template permettant de réaliser un portfolio est à votre disposition, veuillez vous y référer.

Un document d’aide est disponible afin de vous aider à remplir cette demande.

Form application EN

1/4 – Informations personnelles

2/4 – Adresse et Réseaux Sociaux

3/4 – Biographie et note d’intention

A template for creating a portfolio is available, please refer to it.

A help document is available to assist you in completing this application.