Press Release

Currents by Michael Tsegaye

During the Bamako Photo Biennale, the Goethe-Institut realises the first

photographic exhibition by participants of the Photographers’ Portfolio

Meeting. Photographers included are Sammy Baloji (DRC), Calvin Dondo

(Zimbabwe), Sabelo Mlangeni (South Africa), Abraham Oghobase

(Nigeria), Monique Pelser (South Africa), Michael Tsegaye (Ethiopia).



Over the past three years the exhibiting photographers have been

involved in the Goethe-Institut project ‘Photographers’ Portfolio Meeting’.

The project, initiated by the Goethe-Institut South Africa and Simon Njami,

was held in Maputo 2008, Bamako 2009 and Addis Ababa 2010. The

programme, which runs during Rencontres de Bamako, is made up of

portfolio readings, master classes and peer review sessions.

For the portfolio reviews photographers met on a one on one basis with

curators such as Bisi Silva from CCA Lagos, Mark Sealy from Autograph,

Chris Dercon from Tate Modern, Felix Hoffmann from CO Berlin, Collette

Olaf from Foam, Kwezi Gule then from Johannesburg Art Gallery, John

Fleetwood from Market Photo Workshop and other independent curators

such as Simon Njami and Akinbode Akinbiyi.


In November 2011, as a fringe exhibition at the Bamako Biennale, Monique

Pelser and Sammy Baloji are co-curating a selection of the works made

over the past three years by themselves and other past participants such

as  Calvin Dondo (Zimbabwe), Sabelo Mlangeni (South

Africa), Abraham Oghobase (Nigeria) and Michael Tsegaye (Ethiopia).


Témoin/Witness will be focusing on the African metropolis or ‘megacity’.

This show includes work that reflects on immediate circumstances of this

group of emerging photographers. The images deal with a wide range of

important social issues that consider an inherited culture and history, as

the photographers bear witness to the constant flux and changing cultures

that define the ‘megacity’.


Témoin/Witness opens on 4 November at 7pm at Medina Gallery and

runs until 30 November.


Medina Gallery

Boulevard du peuple (opposite of l’ECICA)

Tel: 00 223 66 88 91 81


Monique Pelser:

Sammy Baloji: