Bamako Encounters – African Photography Biennial

Bamako Encounters - African Photography Biennial

The 12th edition of Bamako Encounters, an African Photography Biennial is scheduled to take place in the Malian capital Bamako from November 30, 2019, to January 31, 2020.

The Biennial, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, is organised around thematic exhibitions on contemporary photography and is held in various locations in Bamako including the National Museum of Mali, National Library, Modibo Keita Memorial and the District Museum. Seminars, workshops, lectures and film screenings equally take place alongside the exhibitions during the biennial, which has served as a catalyst for creativity resulting in many photographers on the continent gaining international acclaim.

Created in 1994, Bamako Encounters is the principal event dedicated to contemporary photography and new imagery in Africa. Easily the first event dedicated to African Photography, it has become one of the most followed events on the world cultural stage where talents are tapped and works by great masters are admired, discussed and analysed. A genuine platform for discoveries, exchanges and visibility, Bamako Encounters Photography Biennial is an essential venue for the advancement and promotion of African photographers alongside meetings with professionals from various parts of the world.

Managed by the African House of Photography and co-produced by the Institut Français, Galerie Médina and the Ministry of Culture of Mali, the biennial attracts over 30,000 visitors to exhibitions in Bamako, while 100 to 200 photographers are exhibited and invited to be part of the event during the professional week.

This year’s curatorial team includes Artistic Director Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, co-curators Aziza Harmel, Astrid Sokona Lepoultier and Kwasi Ohene-Ayeh. Photographer, Akinbode Akinbiyi and Seydou Camera will be the artistic advisers.

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