New York, NY (March 25, 2012) – To celebrate the one-year anniversary of the agnès b. Galerie Boutique, agnès b. is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Malian photographer, Malick Sidibé.
The exhibition features a selection of Sidibé's street and nightlife images from the 1960's and 1970's. In 1957, Sidibé opened a photography studio in the heart of Bamako, the capital city of Mali and he began documenting the exuberant social and cultural scene of the time. Stylish young people were learning the new dances from Europe and Cuba, experimenting with fashion and throwing spontaneous dance parties at clubs and on the banks of the Niger River. One of the most visible personalities was couturier, Amadou Ballo, who is featured prominently in the exhibition. Ballo's style set the bar for local youth competing for the most fashionable outfit and each week, Ballo made a point to go to Studio Malick to have a photo taken of each outfit. Sidibé was the only photographer documenting this vibrant period before Mali's independence from France in 1960 and his work gave birth to a new generation of photographers.
agnès b. met Malick Sidibé in 1995 at his exhibition at the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art in Paris and a longstanding friendship was formed. She has represented Malick Sidibé since 1998 at her Paris gallery, Galerie du Jour, located close to the Pompidou Center.
About Malick Sibidé - by André Magnin
Malick Sidibé was born in a small village in Mali in 1935. He graduated with a degree in draftsmanship in 1955, from the School of Sudanese Craftsmen in Bamako, Mali. He began studying photography and opened 'Studio Malick' in Bamako in 1957. After the 1970's, he focused on studio photography and is now an internationally recognized photographer whose work is held in the collections of major museums such as the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. Sidibé has received numerous awards: Hasselblad Award (2003), Venice Biennale's Golden Lion Award for Lifetime Achievement (2007) and the International Center of Photography's Infinity Award for Lifetime Achievement (2008). Malick Sidibé currently lives and works in Bamako, Mali.
A new Malick Sidibé monograph by André Magnin, will be published in 2012.