DIMMA POULSEN Etiyé, sculpture, permanent artist of Galerie Capazza since 1996

From her African childhood, she keeps images of villages, sunsets and « lengthening silhouettes », a mix of images from Ethiopia - left at the age of 6 - Tanzania and Kenya where she lived until the age of 14 with her Danish family of adoption, before going to Denmark. When she arrives in France, eight years later, Etiyé discovers African art in Paris at the Museum of African and Oceanian Arts and at the Dapper Museum. If she agrees that the design of her sculptures may be inspired by “primitive art”, it is from Africa and Oceania, among others the aboriginal arts.


« My work has bonds with some African arts, but at the same time, it doesn’t mean anything. Slim shapes have always talked to me, they may be echoes to some childhood images, but you cannot link this work of form research to a culture or another. It is true that the cracked surface of my sculptures is closed to what you can find on the banco houses in Africa, the clay, dried and cracked by the sun, but it’s not a reason to call me African artist, it doesn’t mean anything!”


Rich of many lives, Etiyé Dimma Poulsen doesn’t want to be limited by a part of her life bond to an origin, a nationality or a function:


“Some wants to see me as Danish, others Ethiopian, others sculptor or even others as a ceramist, the panel is large, I have several families and each one corresponds to what I am.”

Biography

1968
Born in Ethiopia

1974Adopted in Tanzania

1975English school in Kenya

1982Primary and secondary school in Denmark

1988Art history school in Denmark

1991Installs her workshop in France

2003Installs her workshop and lives in Belgium

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Museums Collections

Musée national de céramique-Sèvres, France

The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, USA

Smithsonian, National Museum of African Art, USA

Hans Bogatzke , Collection of contemporary African art, Germany

Newark Museum, New Jersey, USA

Hood Museum Hanover, New Hampshire, USA

La Piscine, Musée d’art, Roubaix, France

World bank, Washington Collection, USA

Musée Théodore Deck, Guebwiller, France

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Personal exhibitions

2015
Salle du Cercle, Seillans, France

Galerie Bourreau Ravier, Noirmoutiers, France

Abbaye de Pontigny, France

2014
Galerie Beddington, Bargemon, France

Galerie Claudine Legrand, Paris, France

Leonard’s Gallery, Antwerpen, Belgium

2013
Galerie Claudine Legrand, Paris, France

Galerie GG.Bohrer Bonstetten, Zürich Switzerland

2012
Capazza, Nancay France

2011
Bekris Gallery, San Francisco, USA

Galerie Claudine Legrand, Paris, France

Galerie Terra Viva, Saint-Quentin la Poterie, France

2010
Galerie GG. Bohrer Bonstetten, Zürich, Switzerland

Galerie Beddington, Bargemon, France

Galerie Claudine Legrand, Paris, France

Galerie de l’ancienne Poste, Toucy, France

Goetingen Gallerie Rosenhauer, Germany

2009
Centre d’art André Malraux, Colmar, France

Musée Théodore Deck, Guebwiller, France

Gallery Christa’s Fine Art, Copenhagen, Denmark

Galerie Genevieve Godard, Lille, France

Willem Elias Woluwe, Belgium

Galerie Strenger, Tokyo, Japan

Bekris Gallery, San Francisco, USA

2008
Galerie Strenger, Tokyo Japan

Joie Lassiter Gallery, Charlotte, USA

Galerie Claudine Legrand, Paris

Papirfabrikken Silkeborg, Denmark

European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium

Château d’Ardelay, Les Herbiers, France

Womanhood Hood Museum, New Hampshire, USA

Worldbank Washington, USA

2007
Koloniënpaleis, Tervuren, Belgium

UNESCO Paris, France

Galerie D’Haudrecy, Knokke, Belgium

Musée Maurice Denis, Paris, France

Galerie Elfie Bohrer, Bonstetten Switzerland

Galerie Claudine Legrand, Paris , France

Wertz Contemporary Atlanta, USA

2006
Skoto Gallery, New York, USA

Galerie Capazza, Nancay , France

Centre Culturel Scharpoord, Knokke, Belgium

Galerie des Emibois, Switzerland

2005
Wertz contemporary gallery Atlanta, USA

Gallery Knud Grothe, Charlottenlund, Denmark

Gallery Marc Van Meensel, Holland Art Fair Den Haag, Netherlands

Galerie Hamlin, Honfleur, France

Galerie Claudine Legrand, Paris , France

Lineart, Gent, Belgium

Galerie 23, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2004
Museum of World Culture, Göteborg, Sweden

Lille Art Fair Gallerie Hamlin, France

Galerie Genevieve Godar, Lille, France

Galerie Claudine Legrand, Paris, France

St’art 2004 Galerie Hamlin, Strasbourg, France

2003
St’art Strasbourg, France

Gallery Knud Grothe, Charlottenlund, Denmark

Smithsonian Museum of African Art Washington, USA

Galerie des Emibois, Switzerland

Galerie Hamlin, Honfleur, France

Galery MAM, Douala, Cameroun

MOBA Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

2002
Alliance Française, Addis Abeba, Ethiopia

Galerie Claudine Legrand, Paris, France

2001
Gallery MAM, Douala, Cameroun

St’art 2001 Strasbourg, France

October Gallery, London, Great Britain

Artist in residence, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Château des Carmes, La Flèche, France

2000
Biennale of Dakar, Senegal

Gallerie Hamlin, Honfleur, France

Galerie Claudine Legrand, Pari, France s

Galerie Capazza, Nançay, France

1999
Galerie des Emibois, Switzerland

Maison de la Céramique, Mulhouse, France

Galerie Genevieve Godar, Lille, France

1998
Galerie des Emibois, Switzerland

Galerie Claudine Legrand, Paris, France

Galerie MAM, Douala, Cameroun

Galerie Arts Pluriel, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

1997
Bomani Gallery, San Francisco, USA

Afrique in creation, Minister of cooperation

Centre Wallonie Brussels, Paris, France

Galerie Claudine Legrand, Paris, France

1996
Cultural Center of Meudon, France

Galerie Hamlin Honfleur, France

Galerie Genevieve Godar, Lille, France

1995
Centre culturel La Nacelle, Aubergenville, France

1989
Industrial space Dong, Kobenhavn, Denmark

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Television 2003

‘double je’ Bernard Pivot

Trophées of the French language ‘Couleurs noirs’ Film of Bérengère Casanova T.V. Brussels

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