Marie-Ann Yemsi to curate the 2017 African photography biennale, "Bamako Encounters"
Established in 1994, the African Photography Encounters is organized biennially in Bamako, celebrating photography and video produced in Africa. Its next edition, which will take place between December 2, 2017 and January 31, 2018, has recently announced the name of the curator. German-Cameroonian cultural consultant and independent curator Marie-Ann Yemsi has been chosen to succeed Nigerian-born Bisi Silva.
Co-organized by the Malian Ministry of Culture and the Institut Français, the “Encounters” — one of the most important events dedicated to photography and video on the continent, aims to boost the development of contemporary creation in Africa. As of yet, no further details about the exhibition’s organization have been revealed by the new curator.
2017 will be a busy year for Yemsi, who will also serve as guest curator for the “l'Afrique à l'honneur” section of this year’s Art Paris Art Fair, and will be responsible for organizing the show “Le jour qui vient” at la Galerie des Galeries, an exhibition bringing together 15 emerging artists from the African continent and its diaspora and organized on the occasion of the event Africa Now. (Galeries Lafayette, from March 29 through June 10).
A graduate of Paris’ Sciences Po, (Institute of Political Studies) Yemsi also completed a Master’s degree in Sociology and International Relations at the Pantheon-Sorbonne University. She is also founder of Agent Créatif(s), a creative agency focusing on contemporary art.
In 2015, the African Photography Encounters — which also awards a number of prizes — recognized the work of artists Uche Okpa-Iroha, (Nigeria) Lebohang Kganye and Simon Gush, (South Africa) Aboubacar Traoré, (Mali) Em’kal Eyongakpa, (Cameroon) Georges Senga (Congo) and Lucia Nhamo (Zimbabwe).
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