Paul Sika refers to himself as a photomaker, at the junction of a photographer and filmmaker. However, the photographic gesture in itself is only a step of his pictorial construction process, as he creates his photographs the same way others may create motion pictures.
Close to the simulacrum, this approach consists of building an image rather than capturing it. As a director, he places his characters in a cinematographic scenery, while creating out of the ordinary scenes.
The artistic commitment to the creation of the image shines at all stages. Paul Sika's artistic sophistication, his masterful visual language and elevated sense of imagination, influenced by Ivorian popular culture, contemporary painting or even mythological scenes, are the tools employed to give us such distinctive works.
Image: L'appel de Lilian #2, 2012