Paris Photo 2011 : African Emerging Photography
Zanele Muholi, Miss Divine III, 2007 © Zanele Muholi
Baudouin Mouanda, Série : S.A.P.E, Congo Brazzaville, (2008) © Baudouin Mouanda
Uche Okpa-Iroha, série « Underbridge life », 2009 © Uche Okpa-Iroha
Uche OKPA-IROHA Nigeria, Série : Underbridge Life , 2009. © Uche Okpa-Iroha
Mohamed Camara, série « Les maliens de Paris » © Mohamed Camara
Nestor Da, Nationalisme, 2009 © Nestor Da
An overview of the new generation of African artists by Michket Krifa and Laura Serani, artistic directors of the 9th Bamako Encounters, African Photography Biennial. November 10-13, 2011, a week after the opening of the Bamako Encounters, the Paris Photo show will be celebrating its 15th edition at the Grand Palais. African photography, from Bamako to Cape Town, is being celebrated this year. Among the 111 French and international galleries present some fifteen specialised publishers and bookstores. As the first and leading event devoted to African photography, established in 1994, the Biennial organised by Mali in collaboration with the Institut français will be present at Paris Photo to remind visitors how it has contributed to the discovery and renaissance of African photography among professionals and the public, especially artists like Seydou Keita, Malick Sidibé, Samuel Fosso and Santu Mofokeng. On this occasion, the Bamako Encounters are featuring a selection of young African artists in photography and video, among the artists introduced at previous editions of the Bamako Encounters. This panorama of current photography will enable the Parisian public to discover or rediscover the great names that the Biennial introduced and continues to introduce for the first time on the African continent. The twelve artists invited to Paris Photo are: Abdoulaye Barry (Chad), Mohamed Camara (Mali), Nestor Da (Burkina Faso), Fatoumata Diabate (Mali), Husain et Hasan Essop (South Africa), Uche Okpa-Iroha (Nigeria), Jehad Nga (Kenya/ Libya), Nyani Quarmyne (Ghana), Arturo Bibang (Equatorial Guinea), Baudouin Mouanda (Congo Brazzaville), Zanele Muholi (South Africa), Nyaba Ouedraogo (Burkina Faso).
“The Encounters Album”: as a reminder of the major role played by the Biennial in the discovery and spread of African photography in the West since 1994, one gallery will bring together a selection from private collections of famous or never-before-seen works by: Seydou Keita, Malick Sidibé, Adama Kouyaté, Cornélius Augustt, André Nonga Tassembèdo, Samuel Fosso, Santu Mofokeng and Soungalo Malé.