The 11th Rencontres de Bamako is part of a broader momentum. Africa is benefitting from a Western enthusiasm that neither terrorism nor social, political or military conflicts can shake. At the same time, across the African continent, a new generation of thinkers and cultural activists are renewing interpretative frameworks and are staking their hopes on Africa providing solutions, provided it is armed with the right conceptual tools. As stakeholders in this movement, the artists help through their artistic actions to shape the new imaginary worlds of a continent that is in the throes of deep change.
The decision to call this Biennale Afrotopia, echoing the book by Senegalese intellectual Felwine Sarr, reflects a commitment to ensuring that this historic and pioneering Biennale for photography is integral to the new Pan-African forces for change, to embracing them and contributing to them.
The title-manifesto of this year’s Biennale, Afrotopia, conveys an African contribution to a world in which it is necessary to invent the resources of the future…
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Place de la liberté, Bamako, Mali
December 02, 2017 to January 31, 2018