Anna Binta Diallo was born in Dakar, Senegal, grew up in Saint-Boniface, MB, and lived more than fifteen years in Montreal, QC. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the School of Art at the University of Manitoba, on Treaty 1, the traditional territory of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dene peoples and the Métis Nation. Diallo is a multidisciplinary visual artist who explores themes of memory and nostalgia to create unexpected works about identity. Her work has been exhibited widely in Canada and internationally, and can be found in numerous public and private collections. In 2021, she was a finalist in the Salt Spring National Art Prize, was awarded the Barbara Sphor Memorial Prize from the Walter Phillips Gallery at the Banff Centre, and received the Black Designers of Canada Award of Excellence. In 2022, she was long-listed for the Sobey Art Award.
In these three works by Anna Binta Diallo, the viewer first sees the shape of the figure created by the collage. As one gets closer and starts to examine the work, the unrelated imagery used to build the figure begins to emerge as separate elements. The works invite us to see both the whole collage and the separate elements at the same time – the longer one looks, the more the works change. By arranging and combining materials in her collages, she creates surprising new narratives and viewpoints.