Nuit de Noël (Happy Club), 1963 (c) Malick Sidibé

Malick Sidibé photo exhibition at Somerset House

The first major solo exhibition of the late Malian photographer, Malick Sidibé, has just opened at Somerset House and what a joyous and fascinating show it is.  Made up of 45 original prints from the 60s and 70s when Sidibé chronicled the lives of  those living in the Malian capital, Bamako, in the wake of the country’s independence, the subjects dance, flirt and stare at the camera with temerity and style.  Sidibé was the first photographer, and first African artist, to receive a Gold Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2007 and if you want to know more about him then we highly recommend that you attend the screening of Dolce Vita Africana on Friday 11th November, the documentary film made in 2008, featuring interviews with Sidibé and many of his photographic subjects.  The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director Cosima Spender.  And if you’re feeling inspired by the photographs, then do visit The Darkroom pop-up shop that will open in the Courtyard Rooms from 4th November which will be selling jewellery vintage vinyl, bags and scarves all sourced or influenced by Mali and Africa.

Malick Sidibé photo exhibition and documentary at Somerset House
Show: until 15 January 2017; documentary screening: 11 November 2016, 7pm
Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA
Exhibition: free: Documentary screening: £10
— Francesca
12th October 2016