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Five Photographers from Mali

Ground Floor Galleryblack and white portrait of a woman in Mali
October 25, 2017 - October 2018

Five Photographers from Mali

The West African country of Mali has long been home to a creative community of photographers, many based in urban studios. This exhibition explores five exemplary practitioners of the art of photography --Mamadou Cissé, Adama Kouyaté, Abdourahmane Sakaly, Malick Sidibé, and Tijani Sitou—spanning the period from the 1940s to the 1990s. Their works document the region’s transition from colonial French West Africa to the independent nation state of Mali, and feature portraits, landscapes and cityscapes. The exhibition is anchored in the collaborative Malian-US partnership The Archive of Malian Photography, and is curated by Dr. Candace Keller, Associate Professor in the MSU Department of Art, Art History and Design.

Wednesday, October 25 at 4:00 p.m.
Roundtable panel, “Photography and the Politics of Cultural Appropriation: Perspectives from Mali” 

MSU Museum Entry Hall
Opening exhibition reception at 6:00 p.m.

Image caption:
Mamadou Cissé
SĂ©gu, Mali
circa 1960
A woman sitting wearing a boubou.