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Bamako Encounters – 2015 African Photography Biennale

Following a four-year interruption, the Bamako Encounters this year presents the work of 39 artists and groups invited to explore the concept of time.
The 10th edition of the Bamako Encounters – African Photography Biennale – is open to December 31 based on the theme of ‘‘Telling Time’’. This anniversary edition entrusted to Bisi Silva, Independent exhibit curator from Nigeria, presents photography and video as media for time exploration.
39 artists and groups of artists have been selected, out of approximately 800 applicants asked to propose new ways of reflecting the past, discussing the present and imagining the future.
Local roots are one of the major stakes involved in this edition. In addition to the Pan-African exhibit at the National Museum of Mali, the programming reflects this objective via theme-based and monographic exhibits in partner venues of Bamako, screenings in public areas, portfolio presentations and encounters with students.
Focused on photography, the Bamako Encounters – African Photography Biennale – is now open to new images and cinema. Bringing together over 400 international professionals in its opening week, the Biennale offers great visibility to the artists selected following a call for applications. On completion of the encounters, exhibits will circulate in international museums and art centers. A main event devoted to African photography and supported by the European Union from the outset, the Bamako Encounters have become part of a must-see event for the discovery of African photographs and encounters with professionals from all over the world. Organized since 1994, the Biennale is co-produced by the Institut français, within the scope of its Afrique et Caraïbes en créations (Creation in Africa and the Caribbean) program, and the Ministry of Culture of Mali.

Photo : Aboubacar Trore, Inchallah, 2015