Until March 24th, M.I.A Gallery hosted an exhibition of photographs by Malian photographer and Hasselblad Award winner Malick Sidibé. The exhibition in Seattle consisted of over 30 photographs by Sidibé. As you can see, Sidibé’s work focusses mostly on black-and-white studies of popular culture in 1960s Bamako. It includes portraits both of people and of life so to speak, but the human element is always present in each picture.
There is something about the use of black and white and square format which instantly makes these photos timeless and iconic don’t you find? Each photo has a strong sense of form to it; this mixing with an atmosphere which is at once foreign, yet appealing.
Some of the photos are staged whilst other are simply snapshots of dancing, revelry, and good time. I think this strikes an excellent balance for the exhibition. But if you’re in Seattle, go see it for yourself and tell us what you think. It’s open at M.I.A Gallery until March 24th.
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