Event Date and time: 6 October 2016 – 26 February 2017 

Venue details: Somerset HouseStrand, London WC2R 1LA

Organisers: Somerset House 

Event website: Malick Sidibé – The Eye of Modern Mali 

Event cost: Free

The first solo exhibition in the UK of the late Malian photographer.

Sidibé is celebrated for his black-and-white images chronicling the lives and culture of the Malian capital, Bamako, in the wake of the country’s independence in 1960.

The exhibition presents 45 original prints from the 1960s and 1970s based around the themes of: Tiep à Bamako / Nightlife in Bamako, Au Fleuve Niger / Beside the Niger River, Le Studio / The Studio.



Accompanying the photographs, a gallery soundtrack will recreate the spirit and soul of the nightclubs Sidibé frequented every weekend and the party atmosphere of his own Studio Malick. Curated by DJ, presenter and African music expert Rita Ray, the soundtrack features an eclectic mix of music which would have accompanied Sidibé’s photoshoots, from British and American rock ‘n’ roll and pop songs to Malian roots music.

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