Exhibition: 6 Apr – 20 Jun 2018

Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam

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Untitled, 1949/51 © Seydou Keïta / SKPEAC/ photo courtesy of CAAC – The Pigozzi Collection, Geneva

In the 1950s and 60s, a colourful collection of inhabitants of Bamako, capital of Mali, posed for the camera belonging to Seydou Keïta (1921-2001, Mali).
People came to Keïta’s studio to have their picture taken in the best and most beautiful way: wearing extravagant dresses made of wonderful textiles with splendid forms of head dress, or in a modern western suit with a bow tie, leaning against a motorcycle or with a radio tucked under the arm. His oeuvre forms a period document that captures Bamako’s transition from a cosmopolitan town in a French colony to the proud capital city of an independent Mali.

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Untitled, 1954 © Seydou Keïta / SKPEAC / courtesy CAAC – The Pigozzi Collection, Geneva

Keïta’s remarkable archive of over 10.000 negatives came to light in 1992 after a discovery by André Magnin, the then-curator of Jean Pigozzi’s contemporary African art collection. Modern prints were printed from the negatives with Keïta’s collaboration, allowing his work to be introduced to the art world. International fame quickly followed. The exhibition in Foam consists of signed modern prints, and a large selection of unique vintage prints.

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Untitled © Seydou Keïta / SKPEAC / courtesy CAAC – The Pigozzi Collection, Geneva

Seydou Keïta – Bamako Portraits is part of an exhibition series about photo studios, presented by Foam in recent years. This series is based on the growing interest in ‘vernacular photography’ and its acknowledgement of social-historical and artistic value.

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Untitled, 1952-1955 © Seydou Keïta / SKPEAC / courtesy CAAC – The Pigozzi Collection, Geneva

Seydou Keïta – Bamako Portraits is part of an exhibition series about photo studios, presented by Foam in recent years. This series is based on the growing interest in ‘vernacular photography’ and its acknowledgement of social-historical and artistic value.

The exhibition was developed in collaboration with the Contemporary African Art Collection (CAAC) – The Pigozzi Collection.

PUBLIC OPENING: Thursday 5 April 2018 from 5.30pm

Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam

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1017 DS Amsterdam
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