The selection from Bamako'05 presented at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB) includes the work of 13 of the 39 photographers chosen for the biennial's international exhibition. All of them offer a subjective viewpoint that, as Simon Njami, general curator of the Rencontres , says, “seeks not to impose itself as an axiom but to present a proposal, a possibility, an alternative”. They seek not to say “this is the reality” but “this too is a reality”. By means of their subjectivity, they extend and enrich the way we see.
The Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, with the sponsorship of Fundació Caixa Catalunya and Consorci Zona Franca, presents the exhibition Bamako'05. Another world, curated by Pep Subirós.
Like “Bamako 03”, presented at the CCCB in 2004, the exhibition “Bamako 05” has two principal objectives.
First, it sets out to offer a closer look at contemporary African photography, a particularly outstanding field on the artistic scene of that continent which, despite its geographic proximity, remains largely unknown to us as regards its culture and art.
Second, it aims to publicize the importance of Rencontres Africaines de la Photographie, a biennial event that, after six outings, is now consolidated as one of the continent's major artistic meeting points.
With these objectives as its starting point, and thanks to an agreement with the organizers of the Rencontres in Bamako, the exhibition at the CCCB comprises a large selection of approximately 330 photographs from the most interesting submissions to the 2005 show, which ran from 10 November to 10 December, plus printed and film documentation.
The selection respects the core structure of the Rencontres, with a competitive central international exhibition (this year with the theme “Another world”), and a series of monographic sections centring on specific photographers, themes or countries.
The photographs selected for the presentation of this exhibition at the CCCB are organized around the following sections:
A selection of some 100 photographs from the international exhibition, including winning works at Bamako 2005 by the photographers Rana El Nemr (Egypt), Uchechukwu James Iroha (Nigeria), Mikhael Subotzky (South Africa) and Zohra Bensemra (Algeria).
One of the monographic shows, in this case the work of Malick Sidibé, born in Mali in 1936.
Two tributes to great African photographers: the recently deceased John Mauluka (Zimbabwe, 1932-2003) and the veteran Ranjith Kally, born in South Africa in 1925.
One of the “national” exhibitions, devoted to Algeria, with some 100 photographs and the photographic work of visual artists with approximately 20 exhibits, including those of Jane Alexander (South Africa) and Pascal Marthine Tayou (Cameroon).
In addition to the presentation of original photographs, the exhibition at the CCCB includes a section of bibliographic documentation and a space for videographic documentation about the previous Rencontres.