7th February, 2014 / 11.00am - 4.00pm
1st June, 2012
The Bamako & London projects (www.bamakoandlondon.com) are collaborative photography exhibitions between a UK-based curator and artist photographers from the UK and Mali in West Africa. The project connects both capital cities by drawing upon contemporary scenes from every day lives in London and Bamako through the medium of photographs and transcriptions of interviews.
In 2011, the thematic content of the exhibition documented and drew upon parallels between taxi drivers’ daily routines, families sharing meals together and friends’ conversations over cups of tea in Bamako and London, for example. The exhibition was at the October Gallery in London in May before travelling to the musée de Bamako in September. Participating artists were Diane Patrice (London) and Alioune Bâ (Bamako). The project was curated by Sophie Mew in London.
In 2012, ‘Money in Bamako and London’ coincides with the opening of the new Citi Money Gallery at the British Museum. There will be a display in the Clore Education Centre Foyer from 1 June – 1 July*. The topics in London – captured by Diane Patrice – address how money circulates, how it is used, saved, and spent in every day contexts around the city. In light of the recent coup d’état and political upheavals in Mali, our Bamako-based photographer artist – Harandane Dicko – exposes the effects of sanctions (imposed from 3-8 April 2012), economic insecurity and struggle in daily lives in Bamako today (the images in London and Bamako were taken during March/April 2012). Sophie Mew is curating this project at the British Museum with support provided by Evelyn Owen, Queen Mary University. The project is in collaboration with the London Festival of Photography (www.lfph.org).
It is our intention that later in 2012 the displays will again travel to Bamako, to share the scenes from Bamako and London with people in both cities.
* Please note that the displays are not accessible to the public on 12/13, 19/20 and 25/26 June, and may not be on a small number of other days.
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