Joana Choumali, born in 1974, is visual artist based in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. She studied graphic arts in Casablanca (Morocco) and worked as an art director in an advertising agency before embarking on her photography career. She works mainly on conceptual photography and mixed media. Much of her work focuses on Africa, and what she, as an African, is learning about the myriad cultures around her. Her projects help her to explore assumptions she has and nourish her as she expands her conceptions of the world. She is the 2019 winner of the prestigious Prix Pictet, a global award in photography and sustainability.