Etiyé Dimma Poulsen

Born in 1968 - Ethiopia


Born in 1968 in Aroussi, Ethiopia. Etiyé Dimma Poulsen studied Fine Arts in Copenhagen. In 1991 she moved to France.

Her start was difficult, as galeries in Paris would tell her that her art was more approapriate to be exhibited along with African Arts, in small boutiques. Today Etiyé Dimma Poulsen has exhibitions in Europe and Africa.

"This very traditional approach of art as craft, is also present in the form of my art. Not that I really copy traditional statues or tribal styles, but I reinvent 'archetypes' of 'primitive art', totems if you want, from my own processing of matter, from my memory, my vague nostalgia, my longing for a continent that I left since ages. The soil of Africa... But my work is not just African; there are some elements from ancient Greek art (Mycenaean), prehistoric Venuses, oriental art, etc.

I always try to make primordial figures, humans in their most naked, primitive being, as tokens of some basic existential condition: loneliness, fear, desire. But most of all: being there. Being part of. Going towards. A primordial presence, a trace of human culture on the face of planet earth. Each statue is a trace, more than a portrait. That is why I like my statues together, as a group, a community, a group of totems and a forest as well. For me making is a process, a stream. It is about the joy of living, of making. Even if the joy of life is by nature fleeting and transient, art should capture it in an enduring, eternal way. I hope my statues convey a sort of solidified ecstasy."

- Etiyé Dimma Poulsen

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Salle du Cercle, Seillans
Galerie Bourreau Ravier, Noirmoutiers
Abbaye de Pontigny, France

Galerie Beddington, Bargemon
Galerie Claudine Legrand, Paris
Leonard’s Gallery, Antwerpen, Belgique

Galerie Claudine Legrand, Paris
Galerie GG.Bohrer Bonstetten, Zürich, Suisse

Capazza, Nançay, France

Bekris Gallery, San Francisco, USA
Galerie Claudine Legrand, Paris
Galerie Terra Viva, Saint-Quentin la Poterie

Galerie GG. Bohrer Bonstetten, Zürich, Suisse
Galerie Beddington, Bargemon
Galerie Claudine Legrand, Paris
Galerie de l’ancienne Poste, Toucy
Gallerie Rosenhauer, Goetingen, Allemagne

Centre d’art André Malraux, Colmar
Musée Théodore Deck, Guebwiller
Gallery Christa’s Fine Art, Copenhague, Danemark
Galerie Genevieve Godard, Lille
Willem Elias Woluwe
Galerie Strenger, Tokyo, Japon
Bekris Gallery, San Francisco, USA

Galerie Strenger, Tokyo, Japon
Joie Lassiter Gallery, Charlotte, USA
Galerie Claudine Legrand, Paris
Papirfabrikken, Silkeborg, Danemark
Parlement Européen
Charteaux d’Ardelay, Les Herbiers
Womanhood Hood Museum, New Hampshire, USA
Worldbank, Washington, USA

Koloniënpaleis, Tervuren, Belgique
Galerie D’Haudrecy, Knokke Belgique
Musée Maurice Denis, Paris
Galerie Elfie Bohrer, Bonstetten, Suisse
Galerie Claudine Legrand, Paris
Wertz Contemporary, Atlanta, USA

Skoto Gallery, New York, USA
Galerie Capazza Nançay, France
Centre Culturel Scharpoord, Knokke, Belgique
Gallerie Des Emibois, Suisse

Wertz contemporary gallery, Atlanta, USA
Gallery Knud Grothe Charlottenlund, Danemark
Gallery Marc Van Meensel Holland Art Fair Den Haag
Galerie Hamlin Honfleur, France
Galerie Claudine Legrand, Paris
Lineart Gent, Belgique
Galerie 23 Amsterdam, Pays Bas

Museum of World Culture, Göteborg, Suède
Lille Art Fair Galerie Hamlin
Galerie Genevieve Godar, Lille
Galerie Claudine Legrand Paris
St’art 2004 Galerie Hamlin, Strasbourg

St’art Strasbourg
Gallery Knud Grothe Charlottenlund, Danemark
Smithsonian Museum of African Art Washington, USA
Galerie des Emibois, Suisse
Galerie Hamlin Honfleur, France
Galery MAM, Douala, Cameroun
MOBA Gallery, Bruxelles, Belgique

Alliance Française, Addis Abeba, Ethiopie
Galerie Claudine Legrand, Paris

Gallery MAM, Douala, Cameroun
St’art 2001 Strasbourg
October Gallery, Londres
Artist in residence, Addis Ababa, Ethiopie
Château des Carmes-La Flèche

Biennale de Dakar
Gallerie Hamlin Honfleur, France
Galerie Claudine Legrand, Paris
Galerie Capazza Nançay, France

Galerie des Emibois, Suisse
Maison de la Céramique, Mulhouse, France
Galerie Genevieve Godar, Lille

Galerie des Emibois, Suisse
Galerie Claudine Legrand, Paris
Galerie MAM, Douala, Cameroun
Galerie Arts Pluriel, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

Bomani Gallery, San Francisco (USA)
Afrique en Création (Ministère de la Coopération)
Centre Wallonie Brussels, Paris
Galerie Claudine Legrand, Paris

Centre Culturel, Meudon, France
Galerie Hamlin Honfleur, France
Galerie Genevieve Godar, Lille

Centre culturel La Nacelle, Aubergenville, France

Industrial space Dong, Kobenhavn, Danemark


Musée national de céramique-Sèvres (France)
The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art (Etats-Unis)
Smithsonian, National Museum of African Art (Etats-Unis)
Hans Bogatzke , Collection of contemporary African art, (Allemagne)
Newark Museum, New Jersey (Etats-Unis)
Hood Museum Hanover, New Hampshire (Etats-Unis)
La Piscine, Musée d’art, Roubaix
World bank, Washington Collection (Etats-Unis)
Musée Théodore Deck, Guebwiller (France)

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