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Baptême chez Jafuna

Artist:
Malick Sidibé (Malian, Soloba 1936–2016 Bamako)
Date:
ca. 1968
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
49.8 x 36.8 cm (19 5/8 x 14 1/2 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 2003
Accession Number:
2003.161
Rights and Reproduction:
© Malick Sidibé
Not on view
In the decades before and after Mali achieved independence from France in 1960, Sidibé operated a highly regarded commercial photography studio in the capital city of Bamako and made thousands of portraits for a burgeoning middle class. His work first came to the attention of the art world in 1995, when the Paris-based Fondation Cartier exhibited his lively images of Bamako youth taken at parties and Sunday picnics. This print of two women looking at a picture and a stylish young man directly addressing the camera—while all three are "nonchalantly" arranged in pyramidal composition—highlights the self-consciousness and skill with which Sidibé and his subjects represented themselves to the contemporary world.
Inscription: Inscribed in ink on edge of frame: "Baptême chez Jafuna // Baptême chez Ina Jafuna - 1967 - Malick MS 2002"
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