BAMAKO ENOUNTERS / RENCONTRES DE BAMAKO
The Bamako Encounters is aimed at promoting the various trends in contemporary photography and video in Africa.
Since 1994, the Bamako Encounters (Rencontres de Bamako), co-organized and co-produced by Mali’s Ministry of Culture and l’Institut Français, has been held every two years in Bamako.
International in scope, this cultural event focusing on issues in contemporary photography and video features exhibits, professional encounters, workshops, public projections, and catalog, which serve as a catalyst for the Continent’s artists, image professionals, and the public at large.
The Bamako Encounters is aimed at promoting the various trends in contemporary photography and video in Africa by creating international exchange among artists, the public, curators, commissioners, the media, and collectors.
The Bamako Encounters work with a highly diverse group of local and international partners (museums, galleries, foundations, art centers, public places, French cultural centers, art schools, photography training centers, cultural associations) to present a series of exhibits scattered throughout the city, thereby turning Bamako into a vast group exhibit, at once coherent and stimulating, centering on a guiding concept.