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Malick Sidibé

Malick Sidibé was born in Mali in 1936, in a village about 300 kilometres from Bamako. In the capital city he studies figure drawing and jewel design, resulting one of the best students in his course. After the degree, he was asked to decorate the shop of the famous photographer Gérard Guillat-Guignard, also known as Gégé la pellicule. It is 1955 and Malick gets really fund of photography. He sticks with Gégé as a trainée and in 1962 opens his own atelier, Studio Malick, in the working-class district ok Bamako called Bagdadji.
If the other big name of African photography – Seydou Keita – is famous for the portraits taken in his studio, Malick tells us about the nights in Bamako: Mali is independent since two years and the capital wants to celebrate with happiness and dancing.
Malick goes to the parties where all the young people are dressed up in the occidental way and dance at the sound of a record player: his images show us joyful youth full of lust for life.
In the middle of the 70s he decides to stop taking pictures downtown or along the river, and turns back to the work in his studio, leaving us as a result an exhaustive and fundamental memory of his Country and of his age.
During the first edition of the Rencontres de la Photographie de Bamako in 1994 (the most important photography event in Africa) his talent is discovered by authors and reviewers and for Malick it’s the beginning of a second youth, this time in Europe and in the Usa and it’s always a great success.
Today Sidibé is considered the most important African photographer. In 2007 the Biennale of Venice blessed him with the Golden Lion for the career, award particularly important, because it was the first time that the price was assigned to a photographer. Anyway, the list of his awards is long: the Hasselblad Award in 2003, the ICP Award in 2008, the Photo PhotoEspaña Baume & Mercier, in 2010 the World Press Photo in the section Arts and Entertainment.
The artist nowadays lives and works in Bamako.

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Malick Sidibé
La petite famille. Jour de fête. 1971-2009
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Malick Sidibé
Moi seul. 1969-2009
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Malick Sidibé
Monsieur Saugaré et son camarade. 1969-2008
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Malick Sidibé
Mademoiselle Nah Sissoko et sa petite amie. 1968-2008
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Malick Sidibé
Nous deux. 1979-2009
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Malick Sidibé
Nous deux. 1979-2009
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Malick Sidibé
De Profil avec ma robe courte. 1968-2009
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Malick Sidibé
Mademoiselle Assitan er ses deux camarades. 1969-2009
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Malick Sidibé
Avec ses deux soeurs. 1978-2009
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Malick Sidibé
Madame Sidibé. 1968-2009
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Malick Sidibé
Madame Zana et ses deux camarades. 1979-2009
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Malick Sidibé
Madame Barry. 1968-2009
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Malick Sidibé
Devant mon faux batiment. 1975-2009
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Malick Sidibé
Jeune couple. 1976-2009
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Malick Sidibé
Les trois camarades. 1968-2009
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Malick Sidibé
La petite famille. 1970-2009
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Malick Sidibé
Mademoiselle Saugaré. 1969-2009
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Malick Sidibé
Les trois amis. 1969-2009
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Malick Sidibé
Une petite famille ségauvienne. 1965-2009
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Malick Sidibé
Bal des Arsitos. 1963-2009
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Malick Sidibé
Surprise party. 1964-2009
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Malick Sidibé
Soirée Jeunesse R.D.A. Dravelila. 1963-2009
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Malick Sidibé
Soirée mariage Kalifa. 1964-2009
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Malick Sidibé
Je me repose maintenant. 1964-2009
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Soirée Jeunesse R.D.A. Dravelila. 1963-2009
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Soirée Jeunesse R.D.A. Dravelila. 1963-2009
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Malick Sidibé
Soirée. 1962-2009
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Malick Sidibé
Surprise party Les Aristos. 1962 (?)
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Malick Sidibé
Surprise party. 1962-2009
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Malick Sidibé
Bal sous officiers. 1962-2009
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Malick Sidibé
Avec mon sac, Studio Malick, Bamako, 1965-2009


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Malick Sidibé
Monsieur Simparas et ses camarades, 1971-2008


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Malick Sidibé
Madame Ramatou, Studio Malick, Bamako, 1971-2009


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Malick Sidibé
Les deux amies, Studio Malick, Bamako, 1971-2008


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Mostre
Studio Malick, Bamako
Photographs by Malick Sidibé
Curated by Laura Incardona and Laura Serani
26.9 > 24.1.2015
Posed
15.10 > 21.1.2017