Born in 1972 in Cotonou in Benin, he lives and works in Paris, Brussels, ans Cotonou.
Having grown up in Cameroon before settling in France where he now lives and works, the themes and questions Dimitri Fagnbohoun addresses are a reflection of his background and history, straddling geographical and artistic boundaries. His work is thus inseparable from his own experience, his plural identity. Heterogeneous by the forms it uses, video, photography, installation, it expresses a relation to the identities and the history in which its writing disturbs the models that constitute them. In his practice, he questions themes as identity, memory, religion and politics.
His work has been shown internationally (London, Moscow, Berlin, Montréal, Sao Paolo, Dallas, Cuba, among the others), and exhibited in Africa (among others) as part of the African Photography encounters in Bamako (Mali) in 2007 and 2011, the Pan-African Festival in Algiers in 2009 and the Picha Biennale in Congo in 2010 and at the DAKART biennial OFF 2012 and 2016.
In 2014-2015, he participated in Simon Njami’s Divine Comedy Project which opened in March at the MMK, Museum für moderne Kunst in Frankfurt, (Germany), he was shown also at the SCAD Museum in Savannah, Georgia (USA) and at the Smithsonian National Museum Of African Art in Washington DC, (USA). In 2015, he participated (among others) in the exhibition A l’ombre d’Eros at the Royal Monastery of Brou, Bourg-en-Bresse, France and at Infecting the City, public arts festival, Cape Town.