Identity and discovery, on both collective and personal levels, are the main themes of the Diaspora project. Constituting a journey through time, this photographic series reveals and deepens a story rarely told about the role of Africans out- side Africa. Thus casting a new gaze upon a certain conception of history, he provides answers to his perpetual questioning, to his dialogue with himself about his identity, as an artist and as an individual.
For this initial chapter, he fo- cused on 15th to 19th century Europe. Inspired by the multi- tude of baroque artworks that were created during that time, Diop sees this era as the begin- ning of a period of intensive interactions (which didn’t exist before) between Africa and the rest of the world.
By taking inspiration from por- traits of African public figures that made their mark on Eu- ropean history, Diop opposes and compares his own life jour- ney and his legacy to theirs, while retracing the unique des- tinies of travellers and all those who find themselves in a for- eign environment. For the first time, he places himself in his art, simultaneously adopting the posture of the narrator and a character and forcing himself to confront his own doubts.