Morocco: Africa seen through its Photographers exhibition, tribute to Malick Sidibé

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The Moroccan National Museums Foundation is starting its 2021-2022 cultural calendar with a photo exhibition entitled “Africa seen by its photographers”.

The exhibition at the Mohammed VI Museum pays special tribute to the pioneer of African photography, Malick Sidibé and presents for the first time unpublished photos of the Malian artist.

This artistic event which celebrates the “pope of African photography”, highlights the art of the continent, declared Monday in Rabat the president of the Foundation of the National Museum, Mehdi Qotbi, during the opening of the exhibition.

The novelty of the exhibition “Africa seen by its photographers: From Malick Sidibé to today” is that it presents images for the first time.

According to the FNM, “this exhibition is a tribute to the Malian artist and to a whole generation of young photographers of the contemporary African scene, who wonder about the future of the African continent”.
If the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art has already presented a retrospective devoted to Malick Sidibé, some works by this outstanding figure of photographic art have not been exhibited.

Speaking on this occasion, the exhibition curator Jeanette Zwingenberger stressed that this artistic event excels in its authenticity, with ambitious portraits that illustrate the contemporary, societal, cultural, political and ecological issues of the African continent.

Zwingenberger, who is also a member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA), said that in addition to Sidibé, the exhibition celebrates 23 African artists, including Zanele Muholi, Pieter Hugo, Osvalde Lewat and Mário Macilau, which give visibility to people confronted with the precariousness of existence and the dissolution of identity.

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