Africa

In pictures: Telling time in Bamako

  • 12 November 2015
  • From the section Africa
Image copyright Aboubacar Traore
Image caption The 10th Biennale of African Photography, also known as Bamako Encounters, is taking place in the Malian capital after a four-year gap as a result of the 2012-2013 political crisis. The theme this year is 'Telling Time'. This work, Inch'Allah (God Willing), is by Malian artist Aboubacar Traore.
Image copyright Uche Okpa-Iroha
Image caption The main prize of the biennale, the Grand Prix Seydou Keïta, went to Nigerian artist Uche Okpa-Iroha for his work The Plantation Boy. In it, he took 40 stills from the film The Godfather, by Francis Ford Coppola, and manipulated them digitally, inserting images of himself taken in a studio.
Image copyright Bakary Emmanuel Daou
Image caption This work by Malian photographer Bakary Emmanuel Daou reflects on the recent Ebola crisis in West Africa.
Image copyright Nomwinde Vivien Sawadogo
Image caption And this one, It's now or never, by Nomwinde Vivien Sawadogo, documents the protests in Burkina Faso in 2014.
Image copyright Seydou Camara
Image caption Seydou Camara, from Mali, took this photo in 2009 as part of a series about the immense value and fragility of the Timbuktu manuscripts. It became especially relevant when some of the Islamist militants who occupied the north of the country three years later tried to destroy them.
Image copyright Nyani Quarmyne
Image caption "Since 2012 and the opening of the biennale, there have been all these major regional crises. Through photography, artists will be engaging with the present," the artistic director of the 10th edition, Bisi Silva, told the BBC. Ghanaian/Australian Nyani Quarmyne photographed this Malian refugee at the Mbera camp in southern Mauritania in 2013.
Image copyright Paul Samuels
Image caption Ms Silva and her team had to choose from around 800 applications from all over Africa and the diaspora. This work by South Africa's Paul Samuels is from a series inspired by people from his hometown, Edenvale, many of whom have tattoos of their post code.
Image copyright Mimi Cherono Ng’ok
Image caption 39 artists were chosen for the international exhibition, including Kenyan Mimi Cherono Ng'ok, the author of this work called Do You Miss Me? Sometimes, Not Always.
Image copyright Youssef Lahrichi
Image caption Moroccan photographer Youssef Lahrichi grew up in the city of Fez but took this photo in Casablanca, as part of a series of self-portraits in the middle of usually empty streets. The clock will make many visitors think of the theme of this edition, Telling Time.
Image copyright Youcef Krache
Image caption Youcef Krache from Algeria also ponders on the passage of time with his photographs taken from the point of view of bus travellers.
Image copyright Ayrson Heraclito
Image caption This image is from the series Bori, Offering to the Head, by artist and curator Ayrson Heraclito, whose work often deals with the connections between his native state of Bahia, in Brazil, and West Africa. He has recently had an artistic residency in Dakar, Senegal.
Image copyright Kwame Sousa and Rene Tavares
Image caption Mionga House by Kwame Sousa and Rene Tavares, from Sao Tome and Principe, is part of a series of short films shown at the Bamako Encounters which look at colonial and contemporary architecture, and its socio-cultural implications, in Lusophone Africa.
Image copyright Tagaza Djibo
Image caption This portrait is from the series Faces by Tagaza Djibo from Niger. The Biennale of African Photography runs until 31 December 2015. Text: Manuel Toledo, BBC Africa

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