Meet Samuel Fosso for his iconic "TATI" exhibition

Discover the quirky world of the artist


#ART Discover the complete "TATI" series by Samuel Fosso, star of contemporary African photography, in the company of the Galerie Christophe Person team and with the exceptional presence of the artist. Let yourself be hypnotized by his eleven extravagant self-portraits playing with clichés, exhibited for the first time in the gallery.

To know

Samuel Fosso is now recognized by institutions around the world as a visionary artist and a true innovator in the art of self-portraiture. He began his photographic career in Bengui at the age of 13.  During the day, he takes orders from clients and at night, he stages himself and creates original self-portraits. 

In 1997, for the 50th anniversary of the French brand Tati, he created this eponymous series, emblematic of his work. Invited to recreate a photo studio in the store and to take portraits of passers-by in black and white, he refused the initial project and made eleven self-portraits in color with clothes and accessories from the store.

From the bourgeois woman to the rocker, the pirate, the golf player, the businessman, Samuel Fosso interprets archetypal characters by going beyond all the boundaries and fantasies that gravitate around these figures. Frenzy of colors, extravagant clothes, the grotesque is played out in the details. The artist thus uses his image and disguise to play with Western clichés.

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Practice info:

Thursday, June 1st at 7pm
Christophe Person Gallery
39 Rue des Blancs Manteaux, 
75004 Paris

A reservation is valid for 1 person  

Your name will be registered on a list at the entrance of the event.

Samuel Fosso,Self-portrait "Tati" series, Le Chef, 1997. Jean-Marc Patras / Paris
Samuel Fosso, Self-portrait "Tati" Series, The liberated American woman of the 70s, 1997. Jean-Marc Patras / Paris

Christophe Person Gallery 39 Rue des Blancs Manteaux,  75004 Paris
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