Real Or Imagined

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Portrait of a Decade Zimbabwe 1999-2009, video 10′, 2011 – photo by Lucia Nhamo

One hundred trillion dollar notes rolling from a cash point… Not the luring image of our annual end of the year’s mega prize draw, but reality, somewhere. Or so it seems.

The photo is part of the Bamako Encounters, the African photography biennale held in Bamako, Mali. This year’s theme is Telling Time, ‘which explores the complex and multifaceted relationship between images and time’. Inspired by both Mali’s rich cultural traditions of storytelling and the nation’s recent political upheavals, it seeks to draw attention to ‘the methods by which artists narrate real and imagined experiences.’

A few images selected from the long list of contributors:

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Inch’Allah, 2015 – photo by Aboubacar Traoré

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Le Temps Ebola, 2014 – photo by Bakary Emmanuel Daou

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Installation clichés d’hier, photo de Oumar Ka, collection de Ibrahima Thiam

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Homesick (2014) – Photo by Hrair Sarkissian Courtesy of Kalfayan Galleries (Greece)

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Le nostalgique, 2014 – photo by Youssef Lahrichi

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Maouloud à Dilli Dina, 2015 – photo by Fatoumata Diallo


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