multidisciplinary and committed artist
Could you introduce yourself?
My name is Khéraba Traoré, I was born on June 6, 1987 in Vélingara in Kolda, Senegal. I’m a visual artist, videographer and animation film teacher at the Fine Arts School in Dakar.
What is your background?
My academic background is rather classic. After high school, I entered the School of Fine Arts in Dakar where I studied there for 4 years and at the end of which I graduated major of my promotion from the visual arts department, mention communication.
How would you define yourself?
I define myself as very committed artist in a cause very dear to me: the fight against all forms of exploitation of children and their rights.
What do your artworks reflect?
My works reflect the everyday life of children. I depict them as stylized silhouettes to personify their innocence and I use light colors to represent the many facets of their life.
What is your particularity?
I work entirely on children’s rights in a general way, and more specifically on the daily life of talibés children in Senegal.
I work with typically graphic tools as oil pastel but I also use press clippings as a tool of choice.
Where does your inspiration come from?
It’s the children who inspire me. Over time, their situations caught my attention and I found it interesting and relevant to devote my work to them. I find in it an innerpeace and wellbeing that stimulated my creativity and awakens in me an inspired poetry.
How do you work? Can you tell us about your favorite moment in the creation process?
I first do research work, focused on the theme of early childhood. Then I go to the artistic part.
The step that I prefer in the realization is the moment when I proceed to the marouflage of the press clippings on the canvas. I also like the part where I integrate most of my information.
I happen to start a work without really knowing its purpose. My emotions have an important influencae on my creations.
Which of your creations you like the most?
My favorite artwork is “le jeune livreur de pain.”
What are your current projects?
I have currently several projetcs undergoing as some exhibitions and a project for the IN of the Biennale of Contemporary art to be held in Dakar in 2020.