Monday, November 9, 2015

African Biennale of Photography returns to Mali amid unrest

By Saskia De Rothchild
"Inch’Allah" (2015) by Aboubacar Traoré
MALI---Faceless health workers in biohazard suits representing the fear of Ebola. Preachers with black spheres for heads showing the dark effects of religious obscurantism. Images conjuring a political leader’s life had he not been assassinated. These are some of the realities imagined by photographers for the 10th edition of Bamako Encounters, the African Biennale of Photography. “The Islamists’ ideology and fanaticism spreads by destroying culture and diversity,” said Samuel Sidibé, delegate general of Bamako Encounters. “The best way to fight it is by encouraging people to confront diverse perceptions of reality and creating dialogue.” [link]