Omar Ba

Same Dream

The Power Plant presents Omar Ba's first institutional solo exhibition.


Omar Ba’s works build up universes which intertwine the histories of Europe and Africa with his mythical and poetic iconography. Using objects and materials from his immediate surroundings, Ba paints mainly on cardboard with a mixture of various media including oils, watercolor, ink and pencil. His compositions are comprised of fantastical or mythological creatures amidst images of colonial violence and exploitation across the African continent, set among lush flora and fauna. They evoke a deep reverence for the natural world and the human sense of a cosmogony including animals and plants.

Omar Ba (born 1977 in Dakar) lives and works between Dakar and Geneva. His work has been shown at BOZAR, Brussels (2017); Ferme-Asile, Sion, Switzerland (2015); Hales Gallery, London, UK (2017, 2014); Biennale de Dakar (2014); Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, Switzerland (2012) among others. Ba's works can be found in private and public collections, including Louvre, Abu Dhabi; Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris; Credit Suisse, Switzerland; Fonds municipal d'art contemporain de la Ville de Geneve; Fonds municipal d'art contemporain de la Ville de Paris; Centre national des arts plastiques, France; and the Barbier-Mueller Collection, Geneva. In 2011, Ba received the Swiss Art Award.