Rencontres de Bamako Announces Curatorial Team for 2021 Edition

Saturday, April 24, 2021
Rencontres de Bamako Announces Curatorial Team for 2021 Edition

Organizers of Rencontres de Bamako (Bamako Encounters), the biennial dedicated to African photography and video, have announced the curatorial team for the 13th edition.

Organizers of Rencontres de Bamako (Bamako Encounters), the biennial dedicated to African photography and video, have announced the curatorial team for the 13th edition.

Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung will return as artistic director, working with four curators:  Akinbode Akinbiyi, an artist and independent curator; Meriem Berrada, artistic director of Marrakech’s Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden; Tandazani Dhlakama, an assistant curator at Cape Town’s Zeitz MOCA; and artist Liz Ikiriko, an assistant curator at Toronto’s Art Gallery York University.

The theme of the biennial this is Maa ka Maaya ka ca a yere kono: On Multiplicity, Difference, Becoming, and Heritage. Drawn from a 1972 statement by Malian writer and historian Amadou Hampâté Bâ, the title translates in English as “The Persons of the Person Are Multiple in the Person.”

The exhibition will pay a powerful tribute to the spaces in between, to that which defies definition, to phases of transition, to being this and that or neither and both, to becoming, and to difference and divergence in all their shades.

The biennale is scheduled to take place from November 20, 2021 till January 20, 2022, in Mali.

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