In 1995, the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain presented the first solo exhibition of the Malian photographer Malick Sidibé outside of the African continent. One year after the artist’s death on April 14, 2016, the Fondation Cartier pays tribute to him with Mali Twist*, a large retrospective exhibition accompanied by a catalogue.
The exhibition is conceived and directed by André Magnin, in collaboration with Brigitte Ollier. Along with iconic works, the exhibition presents for the first time a vast collection of vintage photographs and portraits of a timeless beauty, from the artist’s archives.
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This exceptional collection of black-and-white photographs provides a thorough immersion in the life of the man who was nicknamed “the eye of Bamako.” The photographs reveal Malick Sidibé’s capacity, starting at the beginning of the 1960s, to grasp the vitality of the youth of Bamako and impose his unique style, recognized today throughout the world.
The Nomadic Nights
During the exhibition the Nomadic Nights invite Malian artists, musicians, and thinkers to dialogue with Malick Sidibé’s work. Concerts, popular balls, traditional puppets, mobile photo studio, and meetings around music and dance will punctuate the exhibition as many projects and voices that echo the happiness that Malick Sidibé’s photographs inspire.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21 AT 8:30 PM
An evening of talks, readings, and songs in tribute to Malick Sidibé and the Bamako nightlife of the 60s and 70s.
With agnès b., Manthia Diawara, Ray Lema, Abderrahmane Sissako (TBC), exhibition curators André Magnin and Brigitte Ollier, as well as Fousseni, Karim, Mody, Oudya and Zakaria Sidibé. An evening event hosted by the journalist Soro Solo.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27 AT 8:30 PM
BOUBACAR TRAORÉ aka KAR KAR
Iconic musician and talented guitarist Boubacar Traoré goes back to the origin of the blues music that had the youth of Mali dancing in the 60s.
From Thursday, November 2 to Sunday, November 5
Le Studio Photo de la Rue
In tribute to the practice of studio photography that was so dear to Malick Sidibé, artist Fatoumata Diabaté will set up her own traveling studio within the Mali Twist exhibition. Take home your own portrait!
— Sessions from 12 midday – 2pm, 3pm – 5pm and 6pm – 8pm.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10 AT 8:30 PM
OMAR VICTOR DIOP & ADAMA PARIS
Drawing inspiration from the historic Dakar-Bamako railway line, photographer Omar Victor Diop and fashion designer Adama Paris pay tribute to Studio Malick’s “élégants” by presenting a collection of looks specially created for this Nomadic Night.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 27 AT 8PM
Du Passé au présent, pour le futur
Toumani Diabaté, master of the kora, brings together Malian musicians from across the generations to celebrate the musical vitality of the “Mali Twist” era.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 4 AT 8PM
Young Malian rock-inspired group Songhoy Blues mix African rhythms and electric riffs for a Nomadic Night of music and dance.
FROM TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12 TO FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15
› GRANDE PARADE Tuesday from 7pm to 10pm
Yaya Coulibaly’s giant puppets come alive to the sound of drumming: animals and human figures go on parade as part of an amazing night-time exhibition, led by dancers from the Sogolon company.
› L’ATELIER DE YAYA COULIBALY From Wednesday to Friday from 3pm
Yaya Coulibaly will be installing a pop-up production workshop as part of the Mali Twist exhibition and show the public how he makes his puppets.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 11 AT 8:30PM
CONCERT AND VIDEO
Photographed for the first time by Malick Sidibé at three years old, the singer and actress Inna Modja recalls the legendary Bamako orchestras with whom she grew up and learned music, all as part of the “Swinging Bamako” evening event.
MONDAY, JANUARY 22 AT 8PM
Accompanied by the Fondation Passerelle choir and orchestra, the mesmerizing Rokia Traoré gives a musical performance incorporating songs and fashions familiar to Bamako nightlife in the 70s and 80s.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5 AND TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6
› MÉLODIES MANDINGUES Monday at 8pm
Ballaké Sissoko, accompanied by various young musicians, blends the Bambara language with the chords of the kora in this musical tribute to Malick Sidibé.
› INTERMÈDE BAMAKOIS Tuesday from 7pm to 10pm
Using the national instrument of Mandinka culture, kora players will give a wonderful evening’s recital as part of the Mali Twist exhibition.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17 AT 8:30PM
Making its debut in France, the Taras Orchestra is swapping the “maquis” (popular Bamako bars) where its Latino rhythms can usually be heard every Thursday night, for a concert in the tradition of 60s dances – complete with salsa, rumba, and twist!