30 years ago, on the 15 October 1987, a sublime demonstration of social and economic transformation was brought to an abrupt and bloody end as Thomas Sankara was assassinated by his once trusted confident and friend Blaise Compaore, at the instruction of the nefarious forces of global imperialism.
To celebrate the life and legacy of this great humanist hero, I will share with you every day a piece from my last body of work untitled “The Upright Man”. The Upright Man is a mix media installation by Pierre-Christophe Gam offering an apocryphal look at the life and legacy of the late Thomas Sankara, as president of Burkina Faso.
Thomas Sankara was a military captain, a humanist, a champion of pan-africanism, an ecologist and a feminist who became President of Burkina Faso from 1983, until his death in 1987, at 37 years old.
A visionary and a charismatic figure, Thomas Sankara quickly became the leading African voice, for the global fight against imperialism and neo-colonialism, as he launched one of the most ambitious
programs for social and economic change 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
The life of Thomas Sankara was characterized by an absolute, near religious devotion to the ideals of justice and humanism. This body of work explores Thomas Sankara, the myth, as the last prophet of Pan-Africanism. It is composed of 19 pieces, including 9 mix media collages, 7 digitally printed fabrics, 1 sculpture and 1 video installation. Techniques used range from pencil colour drawing, pixel art, photography and digital manipulation. “While Revolutionaries as individuals Can Be Murdered, You Can Not Kill Ideas.” Thomas Sankara, President of Burkina Faso, from 1983 to 1987.
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