N'Krumah Lawson Daku

Born in 1974 - Togo


Born in Togo in 1974, Nkrumah Lawson Daku and his family arrived in France in 1979, as political refugees. His artistic eye is strongly influenced by his first childhood movies "La belle et la Bête" by Jean Cocteau, “la Beauté du Diable” by René Clair, “la Planète Sauvage” by René Laloux and Roland Topor. The literature classics, black series of the cinema, traditional tales from his childhood still remain deeply rooted within him.

Memory and questioning the future are the themes of his works. His work constantly oscillates between introspection and exploring the world, which he constantly questions. His photo series thrive on the stories of our time.

Sensitive to human values and the places he passes through, N'Krumah went on research trips to Mali, Benin, Turkey, Malaysia, Dubai, Portugal, Oman, Italy, Latvia and other European countries. He claimed his pictorial posture and quest for aesthetics, his work shows a narrative structure which allows these series to carry on one after the other, like chapters of a story which belongs to all of us.

His first encounter with photography was in 2005, in the south of Portugal, where he was overwhelmed by the mid-day light, he took his first photos "that made sense". His professional career began with portrait, which is the core of his work. His commitment to aesthetics can be shown through boxing: in 2012, "Boxing Athenas" was edited, the first book and photographic work dedicated to feminine boxing.

The beginning of his professional life was brought into being, due to his collaboration with the record and music industry, which gave him the opportunity to photograph famous figures like Cesaria Evora (he officially followed her career), Danyel Waro, Pierre Akendengue, Boubacar Traoré, Angélique Kidjo, Ismael Lo...He has been signing photos and posters since 2010 of the Africolor festival, photographing headliners: Rachid Taha, Moriarty, Femi Kuti, Christine Salem and others.

Attached to the North of France, his works have regularly been exhibited since 2007( his first year of participation at the Festival Matières Sensibles, where he became a promising artist). He was published regularly in the press (Le Monde, Libération, Vibrations, Telerama, etc.) accompanied by his portrait work.

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2014 Déclics d'Afrique et d'ailleurs - Galerie Joseph, Paris

2013 RING - La Plaine - Musée du Stade de France

2014 Die Augenfabrik - Roubaix

2014 Stories / Chroniques du devenir 1 - BAR, 112 Avenue Jean Lebas 59100 ROUBAIX - FRANCE

2013 Intimacy / Homo Sapiens is not for sale - Berlin

2013 Homo Sapiens is not for sale - Université Lille3

2012 - Vincennes


2012 BOXING ATHENAS - Aubervilliers + La Courneuve

2012 AFRICA AFRICA - CAC Meymac, France

2012 2012 - ON THE ROOF PROJECTION SOLO - Paris, Gare du Nord

2011 RENCONTRES DE BAMAKO, 9e Biennale - Bamako, Musée National du Mali

2011 SYNCHRONICITY - Galerie Baudoin Lebon, 8 rue Charles-François Dupuis, 75003 Paris

2011 Intimités - Treignac Projet, 19260 Treignac

2010 Festival Matières Sensibles - Lille

4 juillet 2010 Rencontres d'Arles : On the Roof - Slide show party - Arena Corner, 11 rue Renan, Arles, France - Rencontres d'Arles

2010 Transfert - @ Stimultania, 33 rue Kageneck, 67000 Strasbourg / avril - mai 2010

2009 Matiere Sensibles 2009 / "Kraftwerk Made In Cotonou" - Lille / Valenciennes

2009 "Place aux Artistes": Salon d’art contemporain en plein air, Place Maubert - Paris

2008 Die Augen Fabrik - Exposure, design contemporain / Paris

2008 Ring of Memory, Boxe - Salle Olympe de Gouges, Paris XI

2008 "Pink Pantalons' " / "Pictorama" - Lille / Milan

2007 AVA 2007 / Antagonisme Écologique - Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire

2007 Photoboxe - Gymnase Japy, Paris XI

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