Dorsky exhibitions explore people and culture of Mali

February 25, 2013

Two exhibitions on view this spring at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art on campus provide a nuanced glimpse of the people and culture of the West African nation of Mali.

Malian Portrait Photography features work by some of the best-known West African photographers, such as Seydou Keïta and Malick Sidibé. Photo-Rapide: François Deschamps features work by SUNY New Paltz professor of photography François Deschamps. These complementary exhibitions highlight the rich portrait photography tradition from Mali as well as the ways in which contemporary photographers are building on that tradition. Both exhibitions are on view through April 14.

“Mali has always had one of the most vibrant photographic communities on the African continent. These exhibitions bring together important examples of historical work from the country while demonstrating their effect on the work of an American photographer,” says Daniel M. Leers, who curated both shows.

For a schedule of events related to the exhibitions, click here.


El Hadj Tijani Àdìgún Sitou, Self Portrait, 1971. Digital print, 12 x 12 in. Indiana University Art Museum


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