ABOVE AND CENTER
LEFT: Fashion images for
© Lamula Anderson.
Photo: Magic Owen.
Through the Eyes of
GENEVA—Through January 12, 2020, the Barbier
Mueller Museum is presenting a retrospective
of the work of Malian photographer Malick
Sidibé. In addition to a selection of prints lent
by André Magnin, the show features a series of
hitherto unseen portraits that date to 2005 of
singers taking part in an AIDS benefi t contest
event. A selection of Malian artworks from the
museum’s collection will also be shown. All along the
Niger River, many powerful kingdoms and peoples—
the Soninke, the Dogon, the Malinke, the Bamana,
and the Senufo being the most important—have been
prolifi c creators of art for many centuries, and the museum
is offering an overview of these various styles.
The exhibition is accompanied by a fi ne catalog with
contributions by Monique Barbier-Mueller, André
Magnin, Pierre Amrouche, Bernard de Grunne, and
Future Fashion Africa
BERLIN—African fashion—and particularly African
hair fashion—is being celebrated at the Kunstgewerbemuseum
through December 1, 2019. For several
years now, Western fashion has been inspired by
designs and textiles from Africa. Today, African creators
are the ones who are setting the trends, asserting
themselves, and turning the tables. This phenomenon
goes beyond just fashion shows, red carpets, and
the runway. It is the manifestation of a major political
and cultural social movement of engagement and
independence in which hair and hairdos are of great
importance. So long disparaged, the Afro is making
a comeback as a vehicle of expression and affi rmation,
and it is part of the creative vector of cultural and
artistic identity that is African fashion.
ABOVE LEFT: Malick Sidibé.
Djènèba Kouyaté, gagnante
du 2e prix du concours “Un
chant contre le sida,” 2007.
© Malick Sidibé, Monique Barbier-
ABOVE RIGHT: Malick
Sidibé. Nuit de Noël (Happy
© Malick Sidibé, courtesy of Galerie
BOTTOM: Large cup,
Hogon ôgô banya.
Wood, native repairs. H: 83.8 cm.
Ex Charles Ratton; Frederick R.
Musée Barbier-Mueller, inv. 1004-33.
© Musée Barbier-Mueller.
Photo Studio Ferrazzini Bouchet.