Thierry Oussou


Thierry Oussou refers to his current practice as social archaeology, exploring the relationship between contemporary art and ethnographic objects. Through paintings and drawing installations he frames questions around authenticity and visibility in relation to heritage and archaeology. In 2011, Oussou founded Yè art studio, and continues to give art and visual culture workshops in institutions across Benin.

Oussou was a resident artist at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam (2015-2016). In 2016, he was awarded the first Jacqueline van Tongeren Fellowship at Rijksakademie V. B. K. and was nominated for the Dutch Royal Award for Modern Painting. In 2018 Thierry Oussou was awarded the 14th Tollman Award for the Visual Arts. Forthcoming and recent exhibitions include Annex: Thierry Oussou, Centraal Museum, Utrecht (2021), Impossible is Nothing, Art Exchange, Colchester (2019); Imagined Communities, 21st Contemporary Art Biennial Sesc_Videobrasil (2019); Timelines, Tiwani Contemporary, London (2018); We Don’t Need Another Hero, 10th Berlin Biennale (2018); Restless Matter, Cobra Museum of Modern Art, Amstelveen (2018); Une Histoire, Le Miel aux Levres, Cargo in Context, Amsterdam (2017).