Red Hook Labs presents, in collaboration with 1-54 and MAGNIN-A, Paris, a solo exhibition of the late Malian photographer in celebration of his iconic career beginning in 1950s Bamako, Mali. Sidibé is acclaimed for his black-and-white images chronicling the lives and culture of the Malian capital, in the wake of the country’s independence.
Sidibé opened the “Studio Malick” in the center of Bamako in Bagadadji, on 30th Street, Corner 19, in the midst of the exuberant 1950s. Known as the “eye of Bamako,” Sidibé’s on-the-spot coverage provided striking pictures, full of truth and energy. From these photos an insouciant spontaneity emerges — amidst the playful parties are youthful individuals, full of laughter and life. As his work gained an international reputation, Sidibé’s images quickly came to stand as markers of an African modernity within the landscape of photography and contemporary art. Within his dynamic shots of Bamako’s party scenes and sharply rendered studio portraits of Malian youth, Sidibé carved a space for alternative image making and narrative building. Sidibé was awarded the ICP Infinity Award for Lifetime Achievement (2008) and the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement Award by the Board of La Biennale di Venezia (2007), among others.