The project "Photography and Orality: Dialogues in Bamako, Dakar and Elsewhere 2011-2015" has received support from a number of German, Senegalese, Malian and French institutions to conduct research, mount exhibitions, organize meetings and produce this online publication.
Between 2014 and 2016, the project benefited from the "Afrika-Programm 'TURN'" initiative funded by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Foundation for Culture) and was hosted by the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Stuttgart. Exhibitions held in Ulm, Dakar, Saint-Louis and Bamako also received funding from the following institutions: the Stadthaus Ulm; the Walther Collection, Neu-Ulm; the Goethe-Institut Senegal, Dakar; the Institut Français in Saint-Louis; and the Institut Français in Bamako.
The workshop "Photographie d’aujourd’hui. Une histoire orale" [Photography Today: An Oral History] held at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Stuttgart, Germany (18-21 November 2014) benefited from additional support from the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, Stuttgart (ifa).
Between 2011 and 2014, the project was primarily financed by the Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe (Germany), which enabled a group of students to make an initial research trip. The launch of the "Photography and Orality" project has a strong connection with the Point Sud Research Centre For Local Knowledge in Bamako, which is supported by the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main, since the research group began to take shape during a workshop entitled "Rester et partir/Staying and Leaving/Toso any ka taka: Photographie contemporaine et représentation de la migration africaine [Contemporary Photography and the Representation of African Migration]" organized by Marie-Hélène Gutberlet and Sissy Helff.
We wish to express our sincere gratitude to all the institutions that have provided their support to this project. We would also like to personally thank Michael Jeismann from the Goethe-Institut Senegal in Dakar; Doudou Diop and Idrissa Diallo from the Village des Arts, Dakar; Thierry Dessolas (IF Saint-Louis); Elke aus dem Moore (ifa, Stuttgart); and Corinne Micaelli-Mulholland (IF Bamako). Our warm thanks also go to the members of our team, who have shown great energy and generosity in their commitment to this project, and without whom the financial support we have received would not have been so effectively employed.