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Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisboa

In the exhibition of the 9th edition of the Bamako Photography Encounters the theme proposed was "For a sustainable world", with hundreds of photographs and videos. "Present Tense. Photos from the South of Africa" includes the tension between languages, the choice of colour or black and white and the detail diverging from the panoramic view.

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9th Edi­tion of the Ba­mako Pho­tog­ra­phy En­coun­ters

cu­ra­tors Michket Krifa and Laura Serani

It is the ex­hi­bi­tion of the 9th edi­tion of the Ba­mako Pho­tog­ra­phy En­coun­ters that is pre­sented here. The theme pro­posed to the pho­tog­ra­phers was “For a sus­tain­able world”. In a con­ti­nent where, in many countries, they are still far from reach­ing the min­i­mum lev­els set by the Ky­oto Agree­ment, choos­ing a theme of this na­ture, with all the im­pli­ca­tions that it has in terms of en­vi­ron­men­tal pol­icy, eco­nomic de­ci­sions, en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion, and agri­cul­tural, fish­ing and in­dus­trial reg­u­la­tions, is, to say the very least, a rev­o­lu­tion­ary pro­posal. And this was how the scores of pho­tog­ra­phers that took part in this ex­hi­bi­tion with hun­dreds of pho­tographs and videos, of­fered vis­i­tors the chance to see the state of the world, where, to quote the cu­ra­tors, “be­ing on Earth and liv­ing to­gether” re­main ob­vi­ous notions that im­me­di­ately call for dras­tic so­lu­tions.

MICHKET KRIFA (Tunisia, 1960)
Artis­tic co-di­rec­tor of the 8th and 9th Ba­mako En­coun­ters, lives and works in Paris. An in­de­pen­dent vi­sual-arts cu­ra­tor in the Mid­dle East and Africa, her sen­si­tiv­ity led her on sev­eral oc­ca­sions to or­ga­nize themed ex­hi­bi­tions on Iran, Tunisia and Al­ge­ria, in­clud­ing many ex­hi­bi­tions on rep­re­sen­ta­tion and women is­sues. Michket Krifa has also been re­spon­si­ble for col­lec­tive and mono­graphic ex­hi­bi­tions, in par­tic­u­lar fea­tur­ing the works of Youssef Nabil, Zineb Sedira, Ab­bas, Jel­lel Gastelli, Jananne Al Ani and Shadi Ghadirian. She is the au­thor of sev­eral ar­ti­cles, es­says and works on pho­tog­ra­phy and the vi­sual arts; she col­lab­o­rates with many well-known in­sti­tu­tions and events in Eu­rope and around the World. Michket Krifa is the ed­i­to­r­ial and artis­tic di­rec­tor of books on pho­tog­ra­phy.

LAURA SERANI (Italy, 1955)
Ital­ian artis­tic co-di­rec­tor of the 8th and 9th Ba­mako En­coun­ters, lives in Paris. An in­ter­na­tional ex­hibit, au­dio­vi­sual and ed­i­to­r­ial-writ­ing pro­jects cu­ra­tor with a ca­reer filled with col­lab­o­ra­tions (Ar­les En­coun­ters, Pho­toEspaña, the Moscow Bi­en­nial, Mai­son Eu­ropéenne de la Pho­togra­phie), Laura Serani was the artis­tic del­e­gate of Photo Month in Paris in 2008, and di­rec­tor of the SiFest in Italy in 2007 and 2008. Be­tween 1985 and 2006, she was Head of the Pho­tog­ra­phy Col­lec­tion of Fnac and Fnac Photo Gal­leries in France and in­ter­na­tion­ally. She works with sev­eral pub­lish­ing houses and writes nu­mer­ous pub­li­ca­tions along with “La pho­togra­phie en­tre his­toire et poésie”, “Is­tan­bul”, d’Ara Güler, “La vie en rose”, de Mal­ick Sidibé.

Main build­ing - tem­po­rary ex­hi­bi­tions gallery, Floor 00


Present Tense
Photos from the South of Africa

cu­ra­tor António Pinto Ribeiro

An ex­hi­bi­tion with pho­tog­ra­phers from South­ern Africa. Look­ing at the past, the pho­tographs do not de­rive from a “con­stel­la­tion of eth­nic groups or tribes”, to men­tion the the­sis pro­posed by Elikia M’Bokolo, and this is an es­sen­tial premise in the cu­ra­tor­ship of this ex­hi­bi­tion en­ti­tled “Pre­sent Tense”. We are quite far re­moved from the pho­tographs taken of black peo­ple who “of­fi­cially […] were fre­quently de­picted in the same vi­sual lan­guage as the flora and fauna”, to quote Santu Mo­fo­keng in “The Black Al­bum Photo”. We are in­ter­ested in show­ing and com­par­ing the work of pho­tog­ra­phers who live or travel through a se­ries of cities sit­u­ated mainly in the South­ern Africa re­gion with­out there be­ing any­thing to in­di­cate any vi­sual or cul­tural iden­tity for the re­gion.
Re­gard­less of the gen­res – por­trait, land­scape, doc­u­ment, pho­to­jour­nal­ism – these are pho­tographs about the “Pre­sent Tense” that we want to show, and this con­cept of the “Pre­sent Tense” also in­cludes the ten­sion be­tween lan­guages, the choice of colour or black and white and the de­tail di­verg­ing from the panoramic view. With pho­tographs by the pho­tog­ra­phers Délio Jasse, Dil­lon Marsh, Fil­ipe Bran­quinho, Guy Tillim, Jo Ractliffe, Kilu­anji Kia Henda, Mack Ma­g­a­gane, Malala An­dri­alavidrazana, Mauro Pinto, Paul Samuels, Pieter Hugo, Sabelo Mlan­geni, Sammy Baloji and Tsvan­gi­rayi Muk­wazhi.

António Pinto Ribeiro was born in Lis­bon in 1956. He grad­u­ated in Phi­los­o­phy at the Lis­bon Clas­sic Uni­ver­sity (1981) and got a Mas­ter de­gree in Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Sci­ences at the Lis­bon Uni­ver­si­dade Nova (1995). He is a lec­turer-pro­fes­sor at sev­eral uni­ver­si­ties. In par­al­lel he col­lab­o­rates reg­u­larly with mag­a­zines that spe­cial­ize in Aes­thet­ics, The­o­ries of Arts and Cul­tures and Cul­tural pro­gram­ming. He was Cul­turgest's (Cul­tural Cen­tre in Lis­bon) Artis­tic Di­rec­tor be­tween 1993 and 2004. He was also the Chief Cu­ra­tor of the “State of the World” cul­tural fo­rum at the Calouste Gul­benkian Foun­da­tion, in Lis­bon. He has been Di­rec­tor of the Cre­ativ­ity and Artis­tic Cre­ation Pro­gramme at the Calouste Gul­benkian Foun­da­tion, and also Co­or­di­na­tor of the Dis­tance and Prox­im­ity Gul­benkian Pro­gramme. Cur­rently he is Chief cu­ra­tor of the Next Fu­ture Gul­benkian Pro­gramme, launched in 2009. He is the au­thor of sev­eral pub­li­ca­tions: "Corpo a Corpo" (On the Pos­si­bil­ity of Ini­ti­at­ing an An­a­lyt­i­cal Dis­course To­wards the Arts of the Body); "Por ex­em­plo a cadeira" (For ex­am­ple the chair); "Ser fe­liz é imoral?" (Is be­ing happy im­moral? - On cul­ture, ur­ban spaces and life, and on the dis­tri­b­u­tion of the works of art); “Melan­co­lia” (Melan­choly); "Abri­gos" (Shel­ters).

“Pre­sent Tense” is a co-pro­duc­tion of the Next Fu­ture Pro­gramme and the Calouste Gul­benkian Foun­da­tion’s Del­e­ga­tion in France.

Next Fu­ture is a Gul­benkian Pro­gram of Con­tem­po­rary Cul­ture ded­i­cated in par­tic­u­lar, but not ex­clu­sively, to re­search and cre­ation in Eu­rope, Africa, Latin Amer­ica and the Caribbean.

Image: Kilu­anji Kia Henda, "The Great Ital­ian Nude", 2010.

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Open­ing: 21 June, 10 pm

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