Rencontres de Bamako
Biennale Africaine de la Photographie 2015
31.10. – 31.12.2015 Bamako, Mali
Telling Time explores the complex relationship between images and time. Inspired by Mali’s rich traditions of storytelling and the nation’s recent political realities, the biennale questions how artists narrate real and imagined experiences focusing especially on politics and social change. Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Bamako Encounters, this year’s biennale publication is unique in its content and design. The publication extends its focus beyond the current edition of the biennale through a special supplement section devoted to the biennale’s history and its future. Embodying multiple temporalities, the book chronicles the event’s 20-year history through essays, interviews, a timeline, and archival documentation including a complete reprint of the catalog that accompanied the biennale’s 1994 inaugural edition. The publication features original essays on all of this year’s participating artists and special projects, as well as high-quality reproductions of artworks. By charting the impact, transformation, and present history of the Encounters, the book serves as an invaluable resource for interpreting and historicising the biennale’s contributions to Mali’s cultural patrimony and contemporary photography in Africa.
Authors and Contributors: Julie Bonzon, Antawan I. Byrd, Yves Chatap, Emma Chubb, Teju Cole, Dagara Dakin, Madame N’diaye Ramatoulaye Diallo, Maud Houssais, Candace Keller, Abdoulaye Konaté, Moussa Konaté, Hansi Momodu-Gordon, Guilhem Monceaux, Levi Nauidu- Mitchell, Erika Nimis, Simon Njami, Denis Pietton, Moses Serubiri, Samuel Sidibé, Bisi Silva and Mantchini Traoré
Artists from the Main Exhibition:
Héla Ammar, Malala Andrialavidrazana, Ismaïl Bahri, Steeve Bauras, Filipe Branquinho, Seydou Camara, Mimi Cherono Ng'ok, Emmanuel Bakary Daou, Monica de Miranda, Bakary Diallo, Em'kal Eyongakpa, mounir fatmi, Coco Fusco, Simon Gush, Moussa Kalapo, Lebohang Kganye, Lola Khalfa, Helga Kohl, Youcef Krache, Youssef Lahrichi, Kitso L. Lelliott, George Mahashe,Randa Maroufi, Lucia Nhamo, Uche Okpa Iroha, The Otolith Group, Collectif Périnium, Nyani Quarmyne, Nassim Rouchiche, Sihem Salhi, Hippolyte Sama, Jean-Euloge Samba, Nomwinde Vivien Sawadogo, Thabiso Sekgala, Georges Senga, Ibrahima Thiam, Aboubacar Traore , Salif Traore, Mudi Yahaya
Artists from the Special Exhibition:
Joël Andrianomearisoa, Suleimane Biai, Filipa Cesar, Jim Chuchu, John Coplans , Irineu Destourelles, Sipho Gongxeka , Kiluanji Kia Henda, Ayrson Heraclito, Wanuri Kahiu, William Kentridge , Mack Magagane, Fabrice Monteiro, Nobukho Nqaba, Nyadzombe Nyampenza, J. D. 'Okhai Ojeikere , ORLAN, Juan Orrantia, Anja Ronacher, Paul Samuels, Hrair Sarkissian, Kwame Sousa, Rene Tavares, Rui Tenreiro, Camille Turner, Elise Vandewalle, Ashley Walters
The Bamako Encounters are organised by Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Crafts in Mali in collaboration with the Institut français.
Editor: Antawan I. Byrd, Bisi Silva, Yves Chatap
Designed by Anja Aronska
17 x 24 cm
273 color, 34 duotone and 10 b/w ills.