Omar Ba: A Journey Beyond Illusion
Date(s) - 08/07/2022
Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
Omar Ba: A Journey Beyond Illusion is characterized by enigma and poetic intensity that express the Senegalese artist’s subconscious and his symbolic interpretation of reality. Ba engages with themes such as chaos, destruction and dictatorship, draping his political discourse in a veil of poetry thanks to a pictorial language that is entirely his own, both fierce and delicate. Ba lives and works among Dakar, GeneVa, Brussels, Paris and New York. Divided among three continents, he has developed a mindset of permanent hybridization, far from the stereotypes attached to his African roots. This hybridity is found also in his paintings, where organic touches and flamboyant colors mix, using various forms, techniques and textures (acrylic, gouache, pencil and even typex). Ba paints on a black background on corrugated cardboard or canvas, a technique that asks the viewer to adapt to the darkness literally and metaphorically.