Untitled © Seydou Keïta / SKPEAC / courtesy CAAC – The Pigozzi Collection, Geneva
Untitled © Seydou Keïta / SKPEAC / courtesy CAAC – The Pigozzi Collection, Geneva 

Seydou Keïta - Bamako Portraits

06/04/2018 - 20/06/2018

FOAM 
Keizersgracht 609 
 
1017 DS Amsterdam

www.foam.org   

 
Foam presents Seydou Keïta - Bamako Portraits: the first-ever retrospective of the studio photography by Seydou Keïta (c. 1921 – 2001, Mali) in the Netherlands. His oeuvre reflects a portrait of an era that captures Bamako’s transition from a cosmopolitan city in a French colony to the proud capital of independent Mali. 

Seydou Keïta portrayed his fellow citizens in a way not seen by the outside world before. People came to his studio to have their picture taken at their best: wearing extravagant dresses made of wonderful textiles with splendidly formed headdress; or posing in a modern western suit with a bow tie, casually leaning against a motorcycle, or with a radio tucked under their arm. Keïta’s portraiture developed entirely independently of western photographic traditions, and shows how the citizens of Bamako saw themselves, and how they wished to be seen by others.