In Memoriam

Malick Sidibé (1936-2016)

Legendary Malian photographer Malick Sidibé died April 14, 2016 at age of 80

Malick Sidibé (1936-2016)

Malick Sidibé, Nuit de Noël (Happy Club), 1963 Gelatin silver print. © Malick Sidibé. Courtesy MAGNIN-A, Paris

Born in 1936 in Soloba, the legendary Malian photographer Malick Sidibé, nicknamed «the eye of Bamako» died April 14, 2016 at age of 80.  Sidibé was internationally acclaimed for his formal portrait studio and candid shots of exuberant parties and nightclubs. He won many awards, among the most prestigious ones, the Golden Lion Award for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Biennale in 2007.

He began his career in the 1950s in Bamako, Mali. Many of this diverse selection of vintage and contemporary black-and-white prints have never before been exhibited, yet solidify Sidibé’s lasting influence in today’s art world. Street scenes and studio shots, while formally distinct from each other, all capture a pervasive sense of freedom and identity amongst youth in postcolonial Mali and continue to speak to a shared spirit of modernity and diaspora.



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