April 2, 2004 - Centro de Artes Visuais (CAV) - Malick Sidibe
April 2, 2004

Malick Sidibe

Organised by the Hasselblad Center, Sweden

Manuel Santos Maia / Ricardo Valentim
Curated by Miguel Amado

April 3 – May 23

Colegio das Artes
Patio da Inquisicao, 10
3000 Coimbra, Portugal
T. + 351 239826178
F. + 351 239820154
E. infocav [​at​] cav.net4b.pt

Tuesday – Sunday: 10am – 7pm
Free admittance

Image: Malick Sidibe / A Ye-ye posing, 1963

The Centro de Artes Visuais is presenting the exhibition Malick Sidibe and the continuation of its Project Room programme. Malick Sidibe is a survey show of the work of this African photographer organised by the Hasselblad Center, Sweden, after the awarding of the Hasselblad Prize in 2003. The Project Room programme, curated by Miguel Amado, aims to promote the work of emerging Portuguese artists; this second edition shows projects by Manuel Santos Maia and by Ricardo Valentim.

Malick Sidibe‘s photographs constitute the chronicle of an era. Sidibe captured the ambience of an African capital city, Bamako (in the former French Sudan, now Mali), at a time of change resulting from the end of the colonial empires. His portraits of the customers in his studio, the “Studio Malick”, as well as the documentation of festive atmospheres of the young people, bear witness to the transformation of the lifestyle of the African populations under the influence of the Western world.

In his installation, Manuel Santos Maia analyses the notion of the “retornado” [the Portuguese colonist who came back from Africa after independence of the colonies] through a gathering of biographical materials belonging to family members who had lived in Mozambique. Ricardo Valentim develops his interest in anthropology, exploring the visual potential of African cultures in paintings and sculptures that evoke the so-called “primitive forms”.

The Centro de Artes Visuais (CAV) is a contemporary art institution based in Coimbra, Portugal. The CAV is located in a recently refurbished historical building in the downtown of the city. The CAV has a main gallery that comprises around 500 square meters and an area devoted to small-scale interventions. The CAV is funded by the Portuguese government through the Ministry of Culture, as well as by the Coimbra Town Council.

The CAV holds a collection, organises five temporary exhibitions each year, both solo and group shows, and runs a Project Room programme. The CAV’s aim is to present the work of international and Portuguese acclaimed artists and to promote Portuguese emerging artists.

The CAV opened its doors to the public in February 2003. Since then, the CAV has organised six exhibitions. One should highlight firstly “Gabriel Orozco”, the first solo show by this world-wide acclaimed artist in Portugal, and “Trabalho”, a group show about “work” in Portugal. The last project was a solo show by the artist Jemima Stehli.

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