Exhibition

Malick Sidibé: The Eye of Modern Mali

6 Oct 2016 – 15 Jan 2017

Event times

Monday, Tuesday, Saturday & Sundays 10.00-18.00 (last admission 17.00)
Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays 11.00-20.00 (last admission 19.00)

Cost of entry

Free

Somerset House

London, United Kingdom

Address

Travel Information

  • 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 77a, 91 and 176, while the River Bus Service can be taken to Embankment and Savoy Piers.
  • Temple, Covent Garden, Charing Cross and Embankment.
  • Charing Cross, Waterloo and Blackfriars.

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The first major solo exhibition in the UK of the late Malian photographer, chronicling the lives and culture of the Malian capital, Bamako.

About

The first major solo exhibition in the UK of the late Malian photographer. Sidibé is known for his black-and-white images chronicling the lives and culture of the Malian capital, Bamako, in the wake of the country’s independence. The exhibition will present 45 original prints from the 1960s and 1970s around three defined themes: ‘Beside the Niger River’, ‘Nightlife in Bamako’ and ‘The Studio’.

Accompanying the photographs, a gallery soundtrack will recreate the spirit and soul of the nightclubs where he shot and his own Studio Malick, where “often it was like a party”. Curated by DJ, presenter and African music expert Rita Ray, it features an eclectic mix of music and urban sounds to which Sidibé’s photographic subjects may have listened, from the familiar rock ‘n’ roll, pop songs and fusions of the continent in the 60s and 70s to timeless Malian roots music.

Launching as part of 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair in collaboration with Galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris.

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Exhibiting artists

Malick Sidibé

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