Stadthaus Ulm, 2014
Bamako-Dakar. Westafrikanische Fotografie heute [Bamako-Dakar: West African Photography Today]
19 September-23 November 2014
Over 150 works by photographers from Bamako and Dakar were presented at this exhibition, the majority of which were exhibited in Germany for the first time. The selection of photographs covered a broad spectrum, including studio photography, street photography, press photography and documentary projects. The wide variety of themes and approaches demonstrated the diversity and vitality of contemporary Senegalese and Malian photography. Photographers today in Bamako and Dakar, across all generations, document the social and political events taking place in their countries; they share their hopes and dreams and express their sense of social commitment as photographers, depicting the upheavals and future possibilities facing their society, seeing themselves as active participants in an internationalized world of art in which local and global influences are constantly intertwined.
The installation of four video stations also made it possible to display initial extracts from the interviews held with photographers.
The exhibition featured photographs by Emmanuel Bakary Daou, Fatoumata Diabaté, Malika Diagana, Harandane Dicko, Omar Victor Diop, Élise Fitte-Duval, Mamadou Gomis, Boubacar Touré Mandémory, Angelina Nwachukwu, Malick Sidibé, Amadou Sow, Djibril Sy, Adama Sylla and Ibrahima Thiam.