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Fondation Cartier Pour L'Art Contemporain / Editions Xavier Barral

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Clth, 7.75 x 10.25 in. / 296 pgs / 276 bw.

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Catalog: SPRING 2018 p. 32   

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Malick Sidibé: Mali Twist

Text by André Magnin, Brigitte Ollier, Manthia Diawara, Robert Storr.

Featured image is reproduced from 'Malick Sidibé: Mali Twist.

“Sidibé captured the dynamism and joy of a rapidly changing West Africa ... they all got dressed for Malick.” –Vogue

Mali Twist offers an essential and immersive survey of the beloved African photographer Malick Sidibé—nicknamed “the eye of Bamako”—who chronicled the exuberant youth culture of his native Bamako, Mali, in the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s. The book is structured around his famous series: studio portraits in which young people pose alone or in groups, sometimes accompanied by quirky accessories; photographs of parties that radiate spontaneity and joy; and the comparatively lesser-known outdoor photography, depicting scenes at (for example) the edge of the Niger River, or at local swimming pools and villages. In addition to these iconic series, many previously unpublished photographs are gathered here, as well as archival documents. The series are punctuated by the authors’ texts, including testimony from friends of the photographer. With elegant paper changes and fabulous printing, this volume is a celebration of the postwar African vernacular.


Malick Sidibé (1935–2016) was born in Soloba, a small village in Mali. He opened the Malick Studio in 1962 in the heart of Bamako, subsequently becoming involved in the cultural and social life of the capital, and proving especially popular with young people, whom he depicted as they embraced new dances from Europe and Cuba and Western fashions. Sidibé won numerous awards including the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement in 2007 at the Venice Biennale and the PhotoEspaña Prize in 2009. He is represented by Jack Shaineman Gallery in New York and M+B Gallery Los Angeles. His work is in the collections of MoMA, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, Getty Museum, Brooklyn Museum, SFMoMA, Baltimore Museum of Art, Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama, Philadelphia Museum of Art and RISD Museum.

Featured image is reproduced from 'Malick Sidibé: Mali Twist.

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

Vogue

Hayley Maitland

If you had to describe Malick Sidibé’s photography in a single word, it might be joyous.

The New York Times

Andrew Dickson

'Mali Twist' pays tribute to a man who produced electrifyingly modern images of night life in the country’s capital, Bamako, in the 1960s and ’70s.

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Hili Perlson

an Electrifying Portrait of Mali in the Swinging Sixties.

The New York Times

Andrew Dickinson

Mali Twist' pays tribute to a man that produced electrifyingly modern images of night life in the countries capital, Bamako, in the 1960's and '70's.

Malick Sidibé: Mali Twist

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FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/19/2017

Always someone under the neon lights… Malick Sidibé: Mali Twist

Always someone under the neon lights… Malick Sidibé: Mali Twist

“Studio Malick stayed open from morning to evening, or even midnight,” Brigitte Ollier writes in Staff Favorite Holiday Gift Book Malick Sidibé: Mali Twist. “There was always someone under the neon lights—friends, people playing cards, checkers, and ludo, passersby, tourists, night owls, and others. In the early evening, around five o’clock, Malick’s sons sometimes came by after school. One of them, Zakaria, remembers these special moments shared with his older brothers and cousins: ‘I liked everything that he liked. At home, it was rare to see him. We waited for him at lunchtime, he made us laugh, danced with his belly. After a nap and the afternoon prayer, he went back to the studio. He was very cheerful with the people, very human.’” Featured photograph was made in 1973. continue to blog


FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/18/2017

‘Ah, Malick’s here! The photographer’s arrived.’

‘Ah, Malick’s here! The photographer’s arrived.’

“I would be in my studio until ten or eleven at night, because the nightlife started late. Then I would go off to the clubs with my bike, until five in the morning! I could cover five parties all at once, especially on Saturdays and during the holidays. Young people trusted me, they were with me, on my side. Garrincha and I were invited everywhere. People said that if we were at a party, it gave it prestige. I would let people know I had arrived by letting off my flash, people made way to let me in, and everyone was happy. You could feel the temperature rise right away, and the atmosphere would heat up. I would circulate among the people dancing, taking several quick photos. People would say: ‘Ah, Malick’s here! The photographer’s arrived.’” – Malick Sidibé, excerpted from Mali Twist continue to blog


FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/17/2017

Moments of truth, spirited away in 'Malick Sidibé: Mali Twist'

Moments of truth, spirited away in 'Malick Sidibé: Mali Twist'

“Un yéyé en position” (1963) is reproduced from drop-dead gorgeous Staff Favorite Holiday Gift Book (and 2017 Paris Photo highlight) Malick Sidibé: Mali Twist. “Looking at his portraits is like following a stylized reportage on a dynamic generation of African youth,” Senegalese photographer Omar Victor Diop is quoted in the book, “open to the world, uninhibited, and full of aspirations that are offbeat and legitimate at the same time. He spirited away moments of truth, solemnity, fantasy, and built a mosaic of little stories that intertwine to form a single, unique story, which is that of his people. I’d like someone to say that about me one day.” continue to blog




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