The Eye of Modern Mali

The Eye of Modern Mali
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From May 5 – 7, 2017, ‪1:54 Contemporary Art Fair, Somerset House in collaboration with MAGNIN-A, Paris will present The Eye of Modern Mali by the late Malian photographer, Malick Sidibé, in celebration of his iconic career beginning in 1950’s Bamako, Mali.

The Eye of Modern Mali will feature 37 works by the artist, acclaimed for his black and white images chronicling the lives and culture of the Malian capital in the wake of the country’s independence.  Among extensive international exhibitions, Sidibé’s accolades include the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography in 2003, the Gold Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2007 and the Infinity Award from the International Centre of Photography in 2008.

Malick Sidibé, born 1936 was a Malian photographer noted for his black-and-white studies of popular culture in the 1960s in Bamako. He was the first photographer, and first African artist, to receive a Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2007. Other significant awards include The Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography in 2003, as well as the Infinity award from the International Centre of Photography in 2008 and winning the Arts and Entertainments category at the World Press Photo competition in 2010. In 2012, the DePaul University Art Museum, Chicago, organized an exhibition titled Studio Malick in collaboration with Gwinzegal/diChroma Photography that travelled to Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College, Florida, and to the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Centre at Vassar College in spring 2014.

 

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