SANKARA | The Upright Man

Mixed Media Art Installation, 2017

The Upright Man” is a mix-media installation offering an apocryphal retelling of the life of Thomas Sankara, the late president of Burkina Faso.


Sankara was a military captain, a humanist, an ecologist and a feminist who served as President of Burkina Faso from 1983, until his death in 1987, at 37 years old. A visionary and a charismatic figure, he quickly became the leading African voice for the global fight against imperialism, as he launched one of the most ambitious programs for social and economic justice ever attempted on the African continent. His revolutionary programs for African self-reliance made him an icon throughout the continent but also the rest of the world.


Informed by interviews with family members and peers, this serie is a thoroughly researched and deeply intimate expression of Thomas Sankara as a torch-bearer of Africa’s journey towards self-determination. By introducing him as a prophet, the installation offers a unique exploration of Pan-Africanism as a political and a spiritual movement.

Sankara lookalike: Adama Sidibe

Video production : Panama films