This is the photographer’s second solo exhibition with the gallery (in conjunction with Jack Shainman Gallery in New York). Sidibé’s work is a virtual chronicle of his nation’s culture since independence. His work often features young people in social situations ranging from sporting events to marriages. The studio, Studio Malick, has been open since 1962.
He was born into a family of herders and moved to Bamako to go to school at the National Institute of Art. He graduated with a specialty in jewelry production—he then turned to photography, working for a noted French Colonial photographer.
He is the first African artist to receive the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement from the Venice Biennale (2007).