Artist list announced for Bamako Encounters

Courtesy Bamako Encounters

75 artists to take part in the 2022 edition of the photography biennial

The participating artists in the 13th edition of the Bamako Encounters, one of the most established art and photography event on the African continent, have been announced. Around 75 artists from the African artworld have been invited to take part in this edition, now scheduled to take place from 20 October to 20 December 2022 across various venues in the Malian capital.

Directed by Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, this edition of the biennial is titled Maa ka Maaya ka ca a yere kono — On Multiplicity, Difference, Becoming, and Heritage, and aims to celebrate ‘difference and divergence in all their shades’ to counter the universalist, homogenising discourse of a globalised world.

The selected artists are:

Ixmucané Aguilar (Guatemala/Germany)
Said Afifi (Morocco/ France)
Baff Akoto (Ghana/UK)
Ishola Akpo (Benin)
Annie-Marie Akussah (Ghana)
Hunguana Americo (Mozambique)
Leo Asemota (Nigeria/UK)
Jess Atieno (Kenya)
Myriem Omar Awadi (La Reunion),
Salih Basheer (Sudan)
Shiraz Bayjoo (Mauritius/UK)
Amina Benbouchta (Morocco)
Hakim Benchekroun (Morocco)
Maite Moseka Botembe (DRC)
Rehema Chachage (Tanzania/Austria)
Uiler Costa Santos (Brazil)
Monica De Miranda (Angola/ Portugal)
Fatoumata Diabaté (Mali)
Aicha Diallo (Mali)
Amsatou Diallo (Mali)
Nene Aïssatou Diallo (Guinea/USA)
Anna Binta Diallo (Senegal/Canada)
Mélissa Oummou Diallo (Guinea/France)
Binta Diaw (Senegal/Italy)
Adji Dieye (Senegal/Italy/ Switzerland)
Imane Djamil (Morocco)
Sènami Donoumassou (Benin)
Abdessamad El Montassir (Morocco)
Fairouz El Tom (Sudan/ Switzerland)
Adama Delphine Fawundu (Sierra Leone/USA)
Raisa Galofre (Colombia/Germany)
Gherdai Hassell (Bermuda/UK/China)
Sana Ginwalla (Zambia)
Thembinkosi Hlatshwayo (South Africa)
Letitia Huckaby (USA)
Timothy Yanick Hunter (Jamaica/Canada)
Anique Jordan (Trinidad/Canada)
Gladys Kalichini (Zambia)
Hamedine Kane (Senegal/Mauritius)
Atiyyah Khan (South Africa)
Gulshan Khan (South Africa)
Seif Kousmate (Morocco)
Mohammed Laouli (Morocco)
Maya Louhichi (Tunisia/France)
Mallory Lowe Mpoka (Cameroon/Canada)
Nyawose Luvuyo Equiano (South Africa)
Nourhan Maayouf (Egypt)
Louisa Marajo (Martinique)
Clarita Maria (Zambia)
Billie McTernan (Ghana)
Marie-Claire Messouma (Guadeloupe/ Ivory Coast)
Arsène Mpiana Monkwe (DRC)
Sethembile Msezane (South Africa)
Ebti Nabag (Sudan/Canada)
Elijah Ndoumbe (Cameroon/France)
Lucia Nhamo (Zimbabwe)
Samuel Nja Kwa (Cameroon/France)
Nyancho NwaNri (Gambia/Nigeria)
Adee Roberson (USA)
Sofia Rodrigues (Angola/ Portugal)
Fethi Sahraoui (Algeria)
Muhammad Salah Abdul-Aziz (Sudan)
Neville Starling (Zimbabwe/SA)
Eve Tagny (Cameroon/Canada)
René Tavares (São Tomé and Príncipe)
Sackitey Tesa (Ghana)
Helena Uambembe (Angola/ SA)
David Uzochukwu (Nigeria/ Austria)

The 13th edition will also present individual retrospective exhibitions for Moroccan artist Daoud Aoulad Syad, Cuba-born, US-based Maria Magdalena Campos Pons, Cameroonian photographer Samuel Fosso, London-based Joy Gregory and South African Jo Ractliffe, as well as an exhibition organised by PromoFemme, a Mali-based centre of audiovisual education for young women.

Soh Bejeng Ndikung is working with a team of curators comprising: Akinbode Akinbiyi, artist and independent curator; Meriem Berrada, artistic director of Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden (MACAAL) in Marrakech; Tandazani Dhlakama, assistant curator at Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town; and Liz Ikiriko, artist and assistant curator at Art Gallery York University in Toronto. 

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