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Malick Sidibé, Mali Twist

45 €

A tribute to Malian photographer Malick Sidibé (1935–2016), Malick Sidibé, Mali Twist offers a historic dive into the Bamako of the yéyé years, the age of rock-and-roll and the twist, when Mali had just gained independence. Through over 250 photographs, this monograph reveals how Malick Sidibé captured the joie de vivre and elegance of Bamako’s youth, whether in his studio in Bagadadji or during the surprise parties that continued on Sundays on the banks of the Niger River.

Directed by André Magnin and Brigitte Ollier, this monograph brings together Malick Sidibé’s most exceptional and iconic photographs, vintage prints realized between the 1960s and 1980s, as well as a selection of “folders” in which Sidibé filed his shots of surprise parties. It also presents for the first time a series of portraits of timeless beauty. A fabulous testament, Malick Sidibé, Mali Twist shows the sensibility of a generous and benevolent man, who made photography an art of exchange.

Malick Sidibé had his first exhibition outside of Mali in 1995 at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in Paris. Steadily gaining international recognition, in 2003 he was the first African photographer to receive the Hasselblad Prize. In 2007, he was awarded a Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale for lifetime achievement. He died on April 14, 2016 in Bamako, where he lived and worked.

With texts by Manthia Diawara, André Magnin, Brigitte Ollier, Malick Sidibé and Robert Storr.

Editor Copublication Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris / Éditions Xavier Barral, Paris
Languages French version only

Hardback, 20 × 26.7 cm, 296 pages
250 black-and-white and color reproductions

Design Xavier Barral et Line Célo
ISBN 978-2-36511-151-5
Release October 2017

André Magnin

Malick Sidibé

Manthia Diawara

Brigitte Ollier

Robert Storr

Peter Sloterdijk was rector and professor of philosophy and media theory at Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design from 1992 to 2015. He was director of the Institute for Cultural Philosophy at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna from 1989 to 2008. Exploding the confines of academic philosophy, his approach relies on constant contact with the real world, opened to all areas, from contemporary art