Biography

Ussi'n is a queer photographer based in Paris.

Through his work he documents black LGBTQIA+ and gender-non-conforming individuals from Paris. Aware that in many African countries homosexuality is considered illegal and unnatural, Ussi'n's work depicts a hidden and often misunderstood facet of sexuality in Afro communities.

His ongoing photo project "If We Were Allowed," seeks to capture what in the minds of the majority is considered abnormal, "normal". Using photography as a medium, Ussi'n invites himself into the intimacy of same-sex couples, in order to portray love in a way that society has never exposed it, while celebrating queer culture in the African diaspora. 

His hope is to change misconceptions about LGBTQ people in Africa and create a visual archive that will serve as a reference for the next generation. In the same vein, he hopes that love will overcome hate, and that same-sex people in African countries will finally be able to love each other freely and be loved for who they are.

For any inquiries and print requests, please contact ussin.yala@gmail.com


EXHIBITIONS

2021

Group shows:

CONNECTION DIGITAL EUROPE "1854 Meet the Unsigned" - LE BOOK, April 2021

IDENTITY Virtual Exhibition - The Holy Art Gallery, January - February, 2021


2020

Group shows:

Black Art Matters - Maag Halle, Zurich, July - August, 2020

photoSCHWEIZ - Hall 622 & Stage One, Zurich, January, 2020


2017

Group shows:

Prix Picto de la Mode - Palais Galliera, Paris, October, 2017

Bodies of the Earth - Centre of African Studies, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK, October, 2017 - March, 2018

Diaspora Speaking 2nd Edition - Artgang Montreal, Montreal CA, September, 2017

Solo shows:

Moadiga x Onze Home - Paris, April, 2017


2016

Group shows:

Moadiga x Afro Dinner - Paris, November, 2016

Solo shows:

AFRICAN ART FAIR 2016 - Gallerie Joseph Turenne, Paris, October, 2016.