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Rencontres de Bamako : artists selected for the pan-african exhibition

The Malian Ministry of Culture and the Institut français, co-producers of the Rencontres de Bamako, announce the artists and collectives selected to take part in the Pan-African exhibition of this 11th edition, entitled Afrotopia. 

40 proposals have been selected from more than 300 applications from artists based across the continent of Africa or in its diasporas. The selection committee was composed of the Artistic Director, Marie-Ann Yemsi, Delegate-General of the Rencontres de Bamako, Samuel Sidibé as well as members of the Curatorial Advisory Committee, Sammy Baloji, Olfa Feki, Rébecca Lamarche-Vadel, Lekgetho James Makola, Aïda Muluneh, and Azu Nwagbogu.

The Pan-African exhibition at the National Museum of Mali represents the heart of the event. The Rencontres also take place at various locations throughout the city of Bamako, such as the Musée du District and the Institut français. The complete programme of exhibitions and events will be announced at a later date. 



Héla AMMAR (Tunisia)
Bianca BALDI (South Africa)
Raphaël BARONTINI (France)
Neil BELOUFA (France - Algeria)
Zied BEN ROMDHANE (Tunisia)
Girma BERTA (Ethiopia)
Sibusiso BHEKA (South Africa)
BLACK ATHENA COLLECTIVE : Heba Y. AMIN (Egypt), Dawit L. PETROS (Eritrea / Canada)
CAIRO BATS COLLECTIVE : Mai AL SHAZLY (Egypt), Yvonne BUCHHEIM (Germany), Magdalena KALLENBERGER (Germany), Hagar MASOUD (Egypt), Nadia MOUNIER (Egypt), Omneia NAGUIB (Egypt)
Joana CHOUMALI (Ivory Coast)
Julien CREUZET (France)
Mounir FATMI (France - Morocco)
Rahima GAMBO (Nigeria)
Gabrielle GOLIATH (South Africa)
Eric GYAMFI (Ghana)
Kelvin HAIZEL (Ghana)
Mahamoud IBRAHIM (Comoros)
Délio JASSE (Angola)
Hélène JAYET (France - Mali)
Lola KEYEZUA (Angola)
Phumzile KHANYILE (South Africa)
Youcef KRACHE (Algeria)
Michael MCGARRY (South Africa)
George MAHASHE (South Africa)
Fototala King MASSASSY (Mali)
Teddy MAZINA (Burundi)
Mpho MOKGADI (South Africa)
Baudouin MOUANDA (Republic of the Congo)
Joseph MOURA (DR Congo)
Musa NXUMALO (South Africa)
Qudus ONIKEKU (Nigeria)
Alain POLO (DR Congo)
Rina RALAY-RANAIVO (Madagascar)
Athi-Patra RUGA (South Africa)
Fethi SAHRAOUI (Algeria)
Christian SANNA (Madagascar - France)
Zina SARO-WIWA (Nigeria)
Bogosi SEKHUKHUNI (South Africa)
Georges SENGA (DR Congo)
Sarah WAISWA (Uganda - Kenya)


Organised by the Malian Ministry of Culture and the Institut français, the Rencontres de Bamako are the main event devoted to contemporary photography and new forms of imagery in Africa.
A platform for discovery, dialogue and visibility, they are a key opportunity for presenting African photographers and offer a moment of dialogue with the Malian public and with professionals from all over the world.
Since it was created in 1994, the Bamako Biennale has become a major feature of cultural life in Africa and amongst its diaspora. It has contributed to revealing African photography and bringing it to the forefront of economic and social development. Many renowned photographers (such as Malick Sidibé, Pieter Hugo, Samuel Foso and more recently Baudouin Mounda, Kiripi Katembo, Mimi Cherono, Lebohang Kganye and Omar Victor Diop) who were discovered at Bamako have since developed international careers, and are now represented in the fairs, galleries, and collections of great institutions all over the world.
After Bamako, the 11th Rencontres will be shown in April 2018 in the Netherlands in partnership with the Museum of World Culture.