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Issouf Sebgo

Issouf works with bronze to create statuettes inspired by Burkinabé culture. Never having been to school, Issouf became an artisan at the age of 15, and is now married with one child. He has been a member of Tigoung Nonma since 2005. Getting to work each day means a 15km journey for Issouf, which he completes by handbike. 

The creation process for Issouf's bronze figures can take 3-4 days, and begins with a model made from wax melted over a log fire. The model is then covered with clay and heated again, leaving a clay mold when the original wax melts away. Bronze, which is mainly collected from local mechanics, is then heated on a coal fire at 1000 degrees for an hour to be poured into the clay mold. Finally, the clay mold is smashed away from the bronze and intricate details such as the face and hands must be refined by hand using a chisel.


Issouf Sebgo


Issouf Sebgo


Issouf Sebgo