Joana Choumali, born in 1974, is a fine art photographer based in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. She studied Graphic Arts in Casablanca (Morocco) and worked as an Art Director in an advertising agency before embarking on her photography career. 

She works primarily on conceptual portraiture, mixed media and documentary. She uses her photography to explore her own identity. Much of her work focuses on Africa, and what she, as an African, is learning about the myriad cultures around her. Her work allows her to explore assumptions she has and nourishes her as she expands her conceptions of the world. 








Oct 2000 Goethe Institute Abidjan, biannual festival "les Rencontres du Sud", plastic serie "Birth", 

Sept 2011 “ Petite revue de l'art moderne et contemporain de Côte d'Ivoire ” An exhibition of contemporary Ivorian art organized by the Rotonde des Arts Gallery, documentary serie 'Ces Invisibles' 

Oct 2011 "Bicici, Amie des Arts" in Abidjan, documentary serie 'Ces Invisibles'

Dec 2011 Eureka Gallery, Abidjan exhibition plastic serie « Nappy »

June 2012 "OFA 2012 Olympics of Arts" London Olympic games, Fine Arts serie "Nappy" London

Nov 2012 Slideshow "On the Roof ", National Museum Cinémathèque of Bamako biannual, Bamako Photography festival, documentary serie 'Ces Invisibles'

June 2012  International school Jules Verne, documentary serie "Instants de vie" , Abidjan 

Sept 2012 "Bicici, Amie des Arts" Abidjan, plastic serie 'Akan' 

May 2013 Photography Festival." l'Emoi photographique"  plastic serie "Nappy", Angoulême

 October / Décember 2013 Private exhibition ASCOMA Company, plastic serie serie “Emotions à nu”, Abidjan  

Apr / May 2014 Photography Festival." l'Emoi photographique "Série plastique "Hââbré*,the last génération"", Hôtel Saint Simon Angoulême 

Jun/Aug 2014  AAA2014 exhibition, Fondation Donwahi for the Contemporary Art- Abidjan.

 July/Sept 2014 : "Pour les noirs et pour les blancs" Exhibition,  Hierro des Villes Gallery, Nice, France, plastic serie “Emotions à nu”

Sept 2014 POPCAP'14 exhibition in Basel, Switzerland - Series "Hââbré*,the last génération"

Sept 2014 Documentary Photography Festival Barrobjectif - exhibition in Barro Charentes, France - Series "From Darkness to light"

Oct 2014  - POPCAP'14 exhibition in  Cape Town, South Africa "Series "Hââbré*, the last generation » 

                  - POPCAP'14 exhibition LagosPhoto Festival in Lagos, Nigeria. "Series "Hââbré*, the last generation » 

                   - Casablanca Biennale-  exhibition in  Casablanca, Morrocco  "Series « Emotions à Nu » / "Series "Hââbré*, the last generation »

                   - Exhibition of 50 Lensculture Emerging Talents- Galeria Valid Foto, Barcelona, "Series "Hââbré*, the last generation »

Nov 2014 - Exhibition "AGri-Cultures »  Abidjan - National Museum of Civilisations , Abidjan, Series "women in agriculture »

                 - POPCAP’14 exhibition, Eyes On - European Month of Photography. Vienna "Series "Hââbré*, the last generation »

                 - POPCAP’14 exhibition Festival Internacional de Fotografia de Cabo Verde. "Series "Hââbré*, the last generation »

                 - "Figuration "3x3" à Dakar par la Maison d'Aïssa Dione, la Galerie MAM et la Fondation Donwahi ,  Dakar - "Series "Hââbré*, the last generation »

Dec 2014 - Exhibition  "Femmes photographes "  Dakar- Onomo Hotel -Series "Résilientes"

Feb 2015 - Exhibition  LagosPhoto Festival at  "Grid Cape Town Biennial International Photography Festival ", Series "Hââbré*, the lastgeneration »

April 2015 - Exhibition  "Skin Deep" at The Troppenmuseum of World Cultures, Amsterdam -  Series "Hââbré*, the last  generation »

July 2015  - Exhibition "Design is the personality of an idea" Ford Foundation,  Lagos Series "Adorn"

August 2015  Casablanca Biennale At the French Institute of Valencia, Spain "Series « Emotions à Nu » / "Series "Hââbré*, the last generation »

August 2015   OBSCURA Festival Screening , Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia "Series "Hââbré*, the last generation »

September 2015  - Photoquai Biennale 2015 "We are family" Quai Branly Museum, and  Eiffel Tower, Paris, Series "Hââbré*, the last  generation »

October 2015  - Lagos Photo Festival 2015 "Designing Future" Lagos, Eko Suite Hotel Nigeria, Series "Awoulaba/Taille Fine »

October 2015  - "Bold (Feminine)" Exhibition Marcia Wood Gallery Atlanta GA, Series "Résilientes »

November 2015  - Photolux Festival "Sacro e profano"Lucca, Italia, Series "Résilientes »

January 2016: Africa Contemporary @ LA Art Show, Los Angeles- "Hââbré, the last generation"

February 2016: Solo Exhibition - 50 Golborne Gallery- London- "Hââbré, the last generation"
March 2016 : "Find us on the map" Lagos photo Festival exhibition, Rush Gallery, New York, USA. series "Awoulaba /Taille fine" 

May 2016 :  KOLGA TBILISI PHOTO FESTIVAL 2016 - Series "Hââbré*, the last  generation »

July 2016 :  LES RENCONTRES DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE d'ARLES 2016 - Series "Persona, the social mask »

August 2016 :  Festival Cinemas d'Afrique de Lausanne - Solo Show- Series "Haabre, the last generation »

September 2016 : Exhibition "Africa Forecast" Group show- Spelmann Museum -Atlanta ( series Resilientes and IG pictures)

October 2016 : - Land of African Business Conference - Cop 22 - Hotel de l'Industrie- Paris  (Series Resilients)

                      - Casablanca Biennale, "We the people", Institut Francais de Casablanca ( Series Translation)

                       - Also Known As Africa Fair, 50Golborne Art and Design, Paris, series "Haabré, the last generation"

November 2016 - Group Exhibition "The Female Gaze»  Milan -  Series "Awoulaba Taille Fine »




- Winner of  POPCAP'14 Prize Africa 2014- "Hââbré, the last generation"

-LensCulture Emerging Talents Awards 2014 Winner - "Hââbré, the last generation"
- Fourthwall books Award 2016. Winner"Hââbré, the last generation"( Ongoig project of Publication of "Haabre The Last generation in a photobook)
- 2016 Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund Grant -  Winner- Series "Sissi Barra" 

Art Residencies

june 2015 :  Ifirty contemporary art center,  Essaouira Morocco

February 2016:  Ifirty contemporary art center,  Essaouira Morocco


Collaborations/ Photography Assignments :

- Le Monde Afrique

- Forbes Afrique Magazine

- The Africa Report