Rhythm of Colours: Saïdou Dicko . Derrick Ofosu Boateng . Thandiwe Muriu

7 Apr 2023
Photography is a powerful tool for transporting viewers to new and different places. And, with this ability, it often seems as if the sounds, scents and textures present in the images are genuinely felt.
In the exhibition Rhythm of Colours, presented at In The Pink, in Loulé, the selection of artworks explores this extraordinary trait, as their voluptuous and intense hues usher a sort of beat that transforms compositions into something more than just visual, towards a tuneful territory.
Through their works, the invited artists, Saïdou DickoDerrick Ofosu Boateng and Thandiwe Muriu, investigate a bountiful imagery that brings the audience closer to the rumbling noises of busy streets, the joyful melody of children playing, roaring drums in the distance, the poetic silences of a family home’s backyard or the tempo in waves crashing the shore. With vivid colours, concealed characters and contrasting textures, their artworks create a visual score that invites the public to examine the images in an immersive gesture.
In this process, the exhibition and the artists introduce a diverse set of ideas that evoke our emotions. The artists in Rhythm of Colours both challenge and embrace elements of their own traditions with aims to ultimately discover collective and individual innovative ways of understanding the world.
Dicko, Boateng and Muriu works stem also from a collective African cultural background, sharing a common pioneering practice in the photographic medium, however complex, plural, and distinctive the continent may be. 
In this sense, the artworks gathered in the exhibition depict people and places not only from their stunning visual aspect, but also as belonging to full sensorial experiences. There is when the plentiful tones in the colours become also musical tones, as they portray a memory of affection as well as an idea of something still to come.


All three artists are being shown at a Portuguese gallery for the very first time, Muriu in exclusive collaboration with 193 Gallery, Paris.