Deconstructed Spaces, Surveyed Memories : 11th Edition of Rencontres de Bamako, Biennale Africaine de la Photographie

2 December 2017 - 31 January 2018 Museums

On the occasion of the 11th edition of Rencontres de Bamako, Biennale Africaine de la Photographie, The Walther Collection presents 'Deconstructed Spaces, Surveyed Memories', a selection from The Walther Collection’s exhibition 'Recent Histories: Contemporary African Photography & Video Art', which was presented in Neu-Ulm, Germany from May through November 2017.  The exhibition features artists, Edson Chagas, Em’kal Eyongakpa, François-Xavier Gbré, Simon Gush, Sabelo Mlangeni, Mame-Diarra Niang, Dawit L. Petros, and Michael Tsegaye's 'Future Memories' series.


Deconstructed Spaces, Surveyed Memories assembles works by eight photographers born after the liberation movements that swept Africa in the 1960s. They investigate structural notions of identity and memory to consider the impact of broad sociocultural, economic, and political currents. These artists examine urban architectures, sites of labor, and products of mass consumption, by employing principles of abstraction, analyzing particular landscapes and built environments, or probing a more spiritual invocation of the photographic inquiry. Analyzing environments that oscillate between the public and personal, their works provide different commentaries on the transformations of life, brought about within the framework of an increasingly interconnected world.


The exhibition reveals the dialogues taking place amongst this current generation of image-makers, by providing multiple points of entry to engage critically with African photography and video art. Amplifying the intensity of this current moment of creative production, Deconstructed Spaces, Surveyed Memories acknowledges the complexities and differing conceptions that can resound through each urban space, personal memory, or social community.


Opening Reception: Saturday, December 2, 2017 

Professional Days: December 2–5, 2017
Musée du District Bamako
Place de la Liberté 

BP 256 Bamako, Mali