African Artists at Salon Zurcher
From May 3 – 7, 2017, Salon Zurcher Africa, Zurcher Gallery will present works by African artists Girma Berta, Abiy Solomon, Nelson Makamo and Malick Sidibé.
Girma Berta, born 1990 and based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, is an award-winning young artist, whose work fuses street photography with fine art. Berta’s use of digital media, to produce and present his artworks, is in itself a commentary on the digital revolution underway across Africa. Berta’s work has featured in several publications; he was selected to participate in the New York Times Portfolio Review 2017, and shortlisted as a finalist for the CAP Prize 2017. He has exhibited at La Gacilly Photo Festival (2017), Nataal / Red Hook Labs NY (2017), Cape Town Art Fair (2017), PhotoVille NY (2016, 2015), Look Festival (2016), 1:54 Contemporary Art Fair London (2016), Also Known as Africa Art Fair Paris (2016) and Bamako Photo Fest (2015).
Abiy Solomon was born 1983 and holds a degree in animation and visual effects from Maac University in India. He is the founder and creative director at Orangeswitch, an advertising agency, and Partner at Africology Media. In his photography series, Primordial Modernity: The Raw Spirit of Lalibela, he offers a meditation on spirituality and the profound interiority of faith, as he photographs monks in Lalibela exiting and entering the hushed, dark spaces within the ancient rock-hewn churches.
Nelson Makamo was born 1982 in Limpopo province. He has participated in group and solo exhibitions in South Africa, London, Reunion Island, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Scotland and participated in several auctions in South Africa, notably by Stephen Wetltz and Co. After his residency at the Blachère Foundation, he will participate in the 2017 summer exhibition.
Malick Sidibé was born 1935 in Soloba, Mali and in 1955 graduated from the School of Sudanese Craftsmen in Bamako. Sidibe, a pivotal character in the photography scene, was highly appreciated by young people and was invited to the parties organised by youths in clubs. In I957 he was the only reporter in Bamako who covered all the events, festivities and surprise parties. This on-the-spot coverage provided simple pictures, full of truth and complicity. Spontaneity emerges from his photos: he captured the playful partying, full of laughter and life. He quit this activity in 1978 but continued his studio photography. His work has now gained an international recognition. Sidibe died in 2016 in Bamako where he lived and worked.
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