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As solid as rock: eight artists of historical reference at the 2019 Bamako Encounters


They are designated by an appellation from which can be perceived all the indisputable force of their work acquired through the experience of a lifetime. Solid, they are because unbreakable. Nothing can tarnish a reputation acquired over the years and verified by the successes which crown their respective careers. Felicia Abban, Akinbode Akinbiyi, Jihan El Tahri, Armet Francis, Liz Johnson Artur, Eustaquio Neves, Youssouf Sogodogo and Deborah Willis, will therefore be called “Solid Rocks” as part of the 12th edition of the Bamako Encounters. This is another novelty of this edition of the African biennial of photography which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Many people ask who is or who are the artists who, like in each edition, is or are the subject of an exhibition known as “tribute to an artist”. Tribute will be paid to the qualitative scope of their work and the immensity of their careers, but in a different way. Rather than dedicating an exhibition space to an artist, Dr. Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung and his team of co-curators Aziza Harmel, Astrid Sokona Lepoultier and...

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