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The 8th Bamako Encounters Announced at the Rencontres d'Arles

A press conference to announce the 8th Bamako Encounters - African Photography Biennial was held on Saturday 10 July 18.00 at the Rencontres d'Arles - Photographie (France). Olivier Poivre d’Arvor, Director of Culturesfrance, Samuel Sidibé, Bamako Encounters General Delegate, and co-curators Michket Krifa and Laura Serani introduced the biennial that will take place in Bamako (Mali) from 7 November to 7 December 2009.

The 8th edition is marked by a number of organizational changes: from the appointment of two new artistic co-directors, female curators Michket Krifa (Tunisia) and Laura Serani (Italy), a new name for the biennial now called the "Bamako Encounters" and a stronger involvement of the Malian Ministry of Culture.

This year, the theme of the biennial is “Borders”. In Africa more than anywhere else, the co-curators explain, borders are a complex issue, whether artificial lines designed by men or natural barriers. The biennial proposes to explore this question and look at how borders affect peoples, identity, religion, territories, economical resources, sociopolitical contexts, movement and displacement.

Also planned are a series of debates, workshops, portfolio readings, photo studios and live events with a strong emphasis on outreach programmes to engage with the local community.

In total, more than 100 artists presented in numerous venues throughout the Malian capital, with an exhibition design by Malagasy artist Joel Andrianomearisoa.

The "8th Bamako Encounters" are co-produced by the Malian Ministry of Culture and Culturesfrance, in partnership with the European Union, Bolloré Africa Logistics, AFD, OIF and puma.creative.

Creative Africa Network, in association with puma.creative, is awarding CAN Mobility Grants allowing all the photographers selected for the Panafrican exhibition to travel to Bamako. During the Bamako Encounters professional week (7-13 November), CAN will give visibility to the exhibited artists and provide a platform of exchange between artists and art professionals. It will also feature the daily programme, reviews, photo-galleries and more.

Visit the Bamako Encounters page for more information.