Commissaires / Curators : Bisi Silva, Antawan I. Byrd & Yves Chatap
What role does the image play today in document- ing or communicating social experience and political change ?
In considering this question, the curators will construct and present at this 10th edition of the biennale a dynamic public archive or reference table attesting to how Malians, Africans, and the broader global population have used images to document forms of social and political developments in their own lives as well as how they can also offer alternatives to typical representations of everyday life.
The project aims to construct a photographic memory
of a world caught in a flow of images, and raises the
question of what it is we ultimately want to retain,
both individually and collectively, from recent history.
In 2012 the sovereignty of Mali was threatened not only by rebel nationalists but also by jihadist groups. Taking these upheavals as a starting point, the curators solicited amateur and professional images taken between January 16, 2012 and October 31st, 2015. This period forms a chronological span of 1,384 days, or 33,192 hours, or 1,991,520 minutes, or 119,491,200 seconds. These calculations represent the temporal width between two events—the beginning of the insurgency and the beginning of the 10th edition of the biennale. What form might this span of time assume through visual representation ?
The project’s open call also accepted images that respond, directly or indirectly, to other major sociopolitical and environmental events on the continent such as the Ebola epidemic, the revolution in Burkina Faso, recent forms of violent religious extremism, and other major events throughout the world occurring during this temporal span.
The selected images will be presened for the duration of the biennale from October 31 to December 31, 2015 in a special exhibition.