Irving Penn • Hamiltons Gallery

Thursday, 5 November 2015

“Two decades ago, two French photographers envisioned the event as a way to shine a light on two Bamako studio artists, Malick Sidibe and Seydou Keïta, who then became widely known internationally. In 1994, the opening of the first edition coincided with a foreign effort to help Mali’s democratic transition. After dark years of dictatorship, the event carried a political message, just as this year’s comeback signaled cultural resurgence to many fairgoers.” Saskia De Rothschild • New York Times