Fotografia Europea 2010 is widening its horizons by collaborating with Rencontres de Bamako – African photography biennial, the prestigious international event held in the Mali capital that bears witness to the great wealth and vitality of contemporary African photography.  The last edition of Rencontres proposed reflection on the theme Frontières/Border, real or symbolic frontiers that were a crucial question in Africa as in Europe. They are explored through the different languages of art. Fotografia Europea breathes life into an unprecedented event, Europa Africa Sans Frontières, which is presented in the video installations of 15 artists selected by Michket Krifa and Laura Serani - curators of the exhibition Panafricaine and artistic directors of Rencontres - from the most influential of the 2009 edition of Rencontres and in a show dedicated to African culture. The project organised in Reggio Emilia by Laura Serani also involves local organisations engaged in cultural collaboration.

In collaboration with Rencontres de Bamako - Biennale africaine de la  photograhie (a co-production of Ministère de la Culture du Mali and Culturesfrance), Reggio nel Mondo and Centro Interculturale Mondinsieme


Video installations from the VIII Rencontres de Bamako – Biennale africaine de la photographie

7 May from 19.00 to 24.00
8 and 9 maggio from 10.00 to 24.00
Teatro Valli

The show presents the video section of the great collective exhibit Panafrican shown at the last edition of Rencontres de Bamako, which brought together more than 50 photographers and artists in a broad overview of the various trends of contemporary photographic and video production in Africa.

Works by: Ismaïl Bahri (Tunisia), Résonances; Jack Beng-Thi (La Réunion), Dommages collatéraux; Berry Bickle (Zimbabwe), On the wire; Andrew Esiebo (Nigeria), Living Queer Africans; Isoje Iyi Eweka Chou (Nigeria), When in Brussels; Mounir Fatmi (Marocco), The History of History; Amadou Kane Sy (Senegal), Lu et approuvé; Bouchra Khalili (Marocco), Mapping Journey  #1 e #2; Mohamed Konaté (Mali), Eldorado; Riason Naidoo (Africa del sud), The £5 Pickled Money Order Receipt; Tiécoura N’Daou (Mali), Le dedans et le dehors; Rana El Nemr (Egitto), The Olympic Garden; Abraham Oghobase, (Nigeria) Lost in Berlin; Dinkies Sithole (Africa del sud), Blomm-plek; Guy Woueté (Camerun), Volcano

Artistic Coordination Laura Serani
Artistic directors of Rencontres de Bamako, Michket Krifa and Laura Serani
General delegate, Samuel Sidibé
7th May, 19.00 - Teatro Valli
Performance of the community Ibo (Nigeria)

9th May, 10.30 - Teatro Valli, Sala degli Specchi
Fotografia europea_ Rencontres de Bamako
Speakers: Laura Serani, Patrizia Guerresi Maimouna, Guy Wouete, Ismaïl Bahri

Collezione Maramotti of Reggio Emilia will present  Malick Sidibé’s exhibit at Fotografia Europea. He is considered the most important living African photographer. Organised by Laura Serani and Laura Incardona.


Thanks to Fondazione I Teatri di Reggio Emilia for the collaboration.

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Rana El Nemr, The Olympic garden. © Rana el Nemr Courtesy  Rencontres de Bamako 2009

Abraham Oghobase, Lost in Berlin © Abraham Oghobase Courtesy Rencontres de Bamako 2009