The eye of modern MaliCultural changes
and soul rhythms

Chronicles from the
Malian capital


Somerset House presents Malick Sidibé: The Eye of Modern Mali, on view until January 15th, 2017. With his black-and-white images Sidibé chronicles the lives and culture of the Malian capital, Bamako, in the wake of the country’s independence. The exhibition will showcase 45 original prints from the 1960s and 1970s.
With the arrival of rock ‘n’ roll, fashions, and independence in 1960, these images capture the essence of joie de vivre – the energy and exuberance of young, newly independent Africans, experiencing an era of significant social and cultural change. Accompanying the photographs, the gallery soundtrack will recreate the spirit and soul of the nightclubs where the photographer shot these dynamic images.