The United States Ambassador to Mali and the Malian Minister of Culture, officially launched the website (http://amp.matrix.msu.edu/) and the opening of the exhibition of the archives of five professional photographers from Mali, namely MalickSidibe, AdamaKouyate, TidianiSitou, AbdourahmaneSakaly and MamadouCisse at the National Museum.
The State University of Michigan (MSU) in the US has made it possible to digitize, catalog, preserve and make accessible to a large public, 100,000 rare images of original archives of these five Malian professional photographers of the colonial era.
Teams from the Centers of Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences Online (MATRIX) worked in collaboration with the African House of Photography in Mali.
The project aims to meet the priority needs for research and education as well as the needs of preserving the cultural heritage of Mali.
The “Archives of Malian Photography”project is funded by the US Government’s National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), said Paul Folmsbee, US ambassador to Mali.
If the problem of preservation and conservation is a given, there is the protection of families of photographers that has never been discussed, complains YoussoufSakaly spokesman of the families of the five photographers.
Minister of Culture N’DiayeRamatoulaye Diallo hailed the vitality of the relations between Mali and the USA particularly in the field of culture.
The exhibition allowed visitors to discover images documenting traditional, cultural and religious practices, rural festivals, colonial impacts and the modernization processes of cities such as Ségou, Mopti and Bamako.
Photo: US Ambassador to Mali, Paul Folmsbee and Mali’s Minister of Culture N’DiayeRamatoulaye Diallo Bamako, Mali, May 16, 2017. (VOA / KassimTroaré)