Created in 1994, Bamako’s photography biennial has become a major feature of cultural life in Africa and amongst its diaspora. A platform for discovery, dialogue and visibility, it is a key event for presenting the work of African photographers and offering a moment of dialogue with the Malian public and with professionals from all over the world. The Pan-African exhibition at the National Museum of Mali represents the heart of the event. Many renowned photographers (such as Malick Sidibé, Pieter Hugo, and more recently Kiripi Katembo, 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. This year 40 artists have been selected to participate. Find out more about the Rencontres de Bamako from their website.
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