Bamako, Mali

8th Encounters of Bamako, African Photography Biennale

Various Venues

As part of the Eighth Encounters of Bamako, African Photography Biennale, photographer Emeka Okereke initiated the Lagos-Bamako project: Nine Nigerian photographers and writers traveled by road across the borders of Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana, Burkina Faso, and finally Mali. The obstacles they encountered—official, economic, linguistic, and cultural—make the ambitions for West African integration by supraregional economic body ECOWAS seem almost delusional. The Lagos-Bamako group’s contribution, Invisible Borders, 2009, presented as a slide and audio show, aptly embodied the thematic premise of this year’s biennial—an attempt to expand beyond its own curatorial and organizational borders. The newly appointed artistic directors, Michket Krifa and Laura Serani—taking over from Cameroonian Simon Njami, who curated the past four editions—also took “Borders” as their curatorial framework, with

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