FROM OUAGADOUGOU TO BRUSSELS
Salimata Kaboré was born in 1978 in Burkina Faso.
After spending several years in the Ivory Coast, she finished
her primary education in Ouagadougou, then went to the
Netherlands in 1992 with her mother and father-in-law,
a Dutch diplomat posted to the "land of upright people".
It was during her secondary education at the French School
of The Hague that she learned to "wield the pencil".
In 1995, Salimata left for Belgium to continue with her
studies. Following her time in Brussels where she finished
her secondary education, she moved to Antwerp to take
evening classes at the Academy of Fine Arts and daytime
classes in communication sciences. In 2001, Salimata was
back in Brussels to finish her communication studies,
followed by a Master of Communication and Development
AS MEANS OF EXPRESSION
when she arrived in Europe did Salimata Kaboré
become aware of her talent for art. Strongly encouraged
by her drawing teacher and sculptor Lina Hodoraoba, Salimata
decided to enrol in plastic arts workshops during the
weekends, where she tried her hand at painting, stone
carving, drawing, etc. Although she loved working on different
supports, she chose painting which she enriched with a
variety of personal techniques including sand, cement,
grains and collages.
She has taken on a wide range of subjects: portraits of
women and children, self-portraits, scenes of everyday
life, abstract studies, etc. However her favourite topics
are African women and tolerance. Be it abstract or figurative,
her work is rich and vibrant with colours.
The painter sees art as the expression of her inner vibrations,
in other words, a canvas where her perception of the contemporary
world meets her personal experience. Art is also a way
of reviving her African roots. Art is the adrenaline that
drives her forward! Art in the end is sharing. After creating
a piece of work alone, she takes great pleasure in sharing
it with the public.
Salimata Kaboré has already exhibited her work
on more than ten occasions in Belgium and The Netherlands.
She has won several European prizes and is personally
committed in the recognition of African cultures.
Salimata Kaboré is a project officer
at Centre Avec, a centre for research and social work.
In this framework, she is also secretary of the Forum
Asile et Migrations, a platform of over 120 French and
Dutch speaking organisations that fight for a more humane
asylum and migration policy.