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Untitled (Ça Va Aller), 2019

Joana Choumali was born in 1974 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, where she lives and works. She studied graphic arts in Casablanca and initially worked as an art director in advertising before pursuing photography. Choumali’s early practice focused on documentary portraits of the people of Africa. Her recent work builds upon the intimacy of her early portraits by incorporating textiles and colorful embroidery directly onto her photographic images. Choumali is the first African winner of the prestigious Prix Pictet, an annual honor for photography and sustainability, which she won in 2019 for her series Ça Va Aller. The prize culminated in “Hope,” an international traveling exhibition spanning numerous venues, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Daikanyama Hillside Forum, Tokyo, the Mouravieff-Apostol House & Museum, Moscow, as well as venues in Zurich, Shanghai, Dublin, Monaco, and Milan (2019-22). Her work has also been featured in exhibitions worldwide, including the Royal Academy of Arts, London (2021-22); Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden, Marrakech (2019-20); Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, Cape Town (2019); and the Musée d’Histoire Naturelle, Le Havre (2017). In 2017, Choumali was included in the Côte d’Ivoire Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale. She was named the 2020 Robert Gardner Fellow in Photography by the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology at Harvard University and was awarded residencies with Nirox Foundation, Johannesburg (2017) and the IFITRY Residency, Essaouira, Morocco (2016; 2015). Collections owning her work include The Metropolitan Museum of Art; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Harvard Art Museums; Musée de la Photographie de Saint Louis, Senegal; Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden (MACAAL), Marrakech; Prix Pictet Collection; and Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

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Group of men wearing white clothing and gold crowns sitting on a dock, with gold leaves flowing above their heads set against a sunrise.

Joana Choumali
WE ARE STILL NOW, 2022
mixed media
4 parts; 38 1/2 x 78 inches (97,8 x 198,1 cm)
40 3/8 x 80 inches (102,6 x 203,2 cm) frame
SW 22013
Private Collection

Four children in white clothes standing on beach, looking into the sunrise over the water. Three holding hands and the third with back towards viewer.

Joana Choumali
WHEN THE LIGHT WHISPERS TO US, 2022
mixed media
triptych; 38 3/4 x 59 inches (98,4 x 149,9 cm)
40 5/8 x 60 7/8 inches (103,2 x 154,6 cm) frame
SW 22012
Private Collection

Two women with gold headwear reclining in garden with trees and city in distance against sunset backdrop

Joana Choumali
COMFORTABLE SILENCE, 2022
mixed media
31 1/8 x 31 3/4 inches (79,1 x 80,6 cm)
32 3/4 x 33 1/8 inches (83,2 x 84,1 cm) frame
SW 22004
Private Collection

Group of people with gold crowns with backs towards viewer, overlooking a city at dawn with golden birds

Joana Choumali
THE RETURN OF THE SWALLOWS, 2021
mixed media
31 x 31 1/4 inches (78,7 x 79,4 cm)
32 7/8 x 32 7/8 inches (83,5 x 83,5 cm) frame
SW 22003
Private Collection

Women in pink walking past a house, with embroidered white rays emanating from her to the edges of the composition.

Joana Choumali
Untitled (Ça Va Aller), 2019
mixed media
9 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches (24 x 24 cm)
16 1/4 x 16 1/4 inches (41,3 x 41,3 cm) frame
SW 21131
Private Collection

Palm trand sand on the beach against a blue sky, with a man in a red shirt and black pants bending over by a wooden fence. Embroidered curved lines reaching from bottom left of composition to the top right

Joana Choumali
Untitled (Ça Va Aller), 2019
mixed media
9 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches (24 x 24 cm)
16 1/4 x 16 1/4 inches (41,3 x 41,3 cm) frame
SW 21133
Private Collection

A man and woman talking with red embroidery connecting their faces, next to an off-white house against a rust-colored embroidered backdrop.

Joana Choumali
Untitled (Ça Va Aller), 2019
mixed media
9 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches (24 x 24 cm)
16 1/4 x 16 1/4 inches (41,3 x 41,3 cm) frame
SW 21127

A man with bright green pants and white shirt walking into a blue shack with corrugated metal roof with two men sitting to his right. Black and pink geometry embroidery surrounds standing man. A market stand with shoes and a broken pink umbrella stand to the left of him.

Joana Choumali
Untitled (Ça Va Aller), 2019
mixed media
9 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches (24 x 24 cm)
16 1/4 x 16 1/4 inches (41,3 x 41,3 cm) frame
SW 21125
Private Collection

Group of men wearing white clothing and gold crowns sitting on a dock, with gold leaves flowing above their heads set against a sunrise.

Joana Choumali
WE ARE STILL NOW, 2022
mixed media
4 parts; 38 1/2 x 78 inches (97,8 x 198,1 cm)
40 3/8 x 80 inches (102,6 x 203,2 cm) frame
SW 22013
Private Collection

Four children in white clothes standing on beach, looking into the sunrise over the water. Three holding hands and the third with back towards viewer.

Joana Choumali
WHEN THE LIGHT WHISPERS TO US, 2022
mixed media
triptych; 38 3/4 x 59 inches (98,4 x 149,9 cm)
40 5/8 x 60 7/8 inches (103,2 x 154,6 cm) frame
SW 22012
Private Collection

Two women with gold headwear reclining in garden with trees and city in distance against sunset backdrop

Joana Choumali
COMFORTABLE SILENCE, 2022
mixed media
31 1/8 x 31 3/4 inches (79,1 x 80,6 cm)
32 3/4 x 33 1/8 inches (83,2 x 84,1 cm) frame
SW 22004
Private Collection

Group of people with gold crowns with backs towards viewer, overlooking a city at dawn with golden birds

Joana Choumali
THE RETURN OF THE SWALLOWS, 2021
mixed media
31 x 31 1/4 inches (78,7 x 79,4 cm)
32 7/8 x 32 7/8 inches (83,5 x 83,5 cm) frame
SW 22003
Private Collection

Women in pink walking past a house, with embroidered white rays emanating from her to the edges of the composition.

Joana Choumali
Untitled (Ça Va Aller), 2019
mixed media
9 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches (24 x 24 cm)
16 1/4 x 16 1/4 inches (41,3 x 41,3 cm) frame
SW 21131
Private Collection

Palm trand sand on the beach against a blue sky, with a man in a red shirt and black pants bending over by a wooden fence. Embroidered curved lines reaching from bottom left of composition to the top right

Joana Choumali
Untitled (Ça Va Aller), 2019
mixed media
9 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches (24 x 24 cm)
16 1/4 x 16 1/4 inches (41,3 x 41,3 cm) frame
SW 21133
Private Collection

A man and woman talking with red embroidery connecting their faces, next to an off-white house against a rust-colored embroidered backdrop.

Joana Choumali
Untitled (Ça Va Aller), 2019
mixed media
9 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches (24 x 24 cm)
16 1/4 x 16 1/4 inches (41,3 x 41,3 cm) frame
SW 21127

A man with bright green pants and white shirt walking into a blue shack with corrugated metal roof with two men sitting to his right. Black and pink geometry embroidery surrounds standing man. A market stand with shoes and a broken pink umbrella stand to the left of him.

Joana Choumali
Untitled (Ça Va Aller), 2019
mixed media
9 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches (24 x 24 cm)
16 1/4 x 16 1/4 inches (41,3 x 41,3 cm) frame
SW 21125
Private Collection