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Seydou Keïta

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Né en 1921 à Bamako, Mali.
Vivait et travaillait à Bamako, décédé en 2001.

C'est un autodidacte de la technique photographique. En 1935 son oncle, de retour d'un séjour au Sénégal, lui offre son premier appareil photo, un Kodak Brownie Flash. Artisan photographe, il se spécialise dans l'art du portrait qu'il réalise sur commande, en lumière naturelle et en noir et blanc, avec une chambre 13 x 18. Ce format lui permet de fournir des tirages par contact de grande qualité optique sans avoir recours à l'agrandisseur.

Il ouvre son atelier en 1948 à Bamako. Très vite les photographies de Seydou Keïta connaissent un grand succès. Son exigence professionnelle et esthétique l'impose comme le portraitiste très apprécié des habitants de Bamako, du Mali et de l'Afrique de l'Ouest. De 1949 à 1962, Seydou Keïta photographiera le tout Bamako. On pose seul, en couple, en famille, en groupe, entre amis, cadrés en buste trois quart, ou en pieds, presque toujours positionné par Keita, lui-même qui voulait donner de ses clients la plus belle image. Dans son studio, les clients pouvaient se faire photographier avec des vêtements chics, chapeaux et accessoires (bijoux, stylos, montres, fleurs...), mais aussi poste de radio, vélo, scooter, voiture que Keita mettait à leur disposition. Chacun exhibait son portrait avec fierté. Le photographe utilise des fonds à motifs décoratifs qu'il renouvelle tous les deux ou trois ans. C'est grâce à ces fonds qu'il a pu par la suite dater ses clichés.

Les photographies de Seydou Keïta constituent un témoignage exceptionnel de la société malienne de la fin des années 1940 à 1977. Il a intuitivement inventé ou réinventé l'art du portrait à travers la recherche d'une précision extrême. Une grâce, une élégance transparaît de toutes ses images. Sa maîtrise de la lumière, du sujet, du cadrage ramène à l'essentiel. Tout ce qui figure dans l'image participe à la beauté naturelle de cette image. Inventif et très moderne Seydou Keita s'inscrit dans la lignée des grands portraitistes comme Avedon. A l'époque du multiculturalisme, cette oeuvre d'une rare beauté prend tout naturellement place dans l'histoire mondiale de la photographie.


EXPOSITIONS INDIVIDUELLES (Sélection)

2016
Seydou Keïta, Grand Palais, Paris, France

2013
Seydou Keïta : From Jean Pigozzi's Collection, Moscow House of Photography

2010
Seydou Keïta , Beautiful Like That, Jack Bell Gallery, London

2008/2009
Seydou Keïta
Tate Modern, Level 5
London, UK

2007
Seydou Keita: Portraits from Mali. Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Cleveland.

2006
Seydou Keïta, Galleria Marabini, Bologne, Italie.

2006
Seydou Keita: Portraits. John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco.

2006
Seydou Keïta: The Image King of Africa. Sean Kelly Gallery, New York.

2006
Seydou Keïta. Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin.

2003
Mali Portraits by Seydou Keïta, The William Bennington Museum of Art, The University of Connecticut, Storrs (Connecticut).

2002-2003
Seydou Keïta: Portraits. Grant Selwyn Fine Art, Beverly Hills (Californie).

2001
Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna
Rome, Italie.

2001
You look beautiful like that
Fogg Art Museum
Cambridge, U.S.A.

2001
FLASH AFRIQUE
Kunsthalle Wien
Vienna, Austria.
Düsseldorf Cultural Forum, Germany.

2001
You look beautiful like that
Fogg Art Museum
Cambridge, U.S.A.
UCLA HAMMER Museum.
Los Angeles, USA.

1999
PhotoEspana 99
Madrid - Spain.

1998-1999
Seydou Keita
Saint Louis Museum of Art
Saint Louis, Missouri - U.S.A.

1997
Seydou Keita
Gagosian Gallery
New York - U.S.A.

1997
Seydou Keita
Museum of Modern Art
San Francisco - U.S.A.

1997
Seydou Keïta. Galerie DV, San Sebastián ; Galerie DV, Madrid.

1997
Seydou Keïta. Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, São Paulo.

1996
Seydou Keita
Minneapolis Institut of Art Minneapolis - U.S.A.

1996
Seydou Keita
Minneapolis Institut of Art Minneapolis - U.S.A.

1996
National Museum for African Art
Smithsonian Institut, Washington D.C.
United-States.

1995
Self Evident
The Ikon Gallery
Birmingham - R-U.

1995
Seydou Keita
Fruit Market Gallery
Edinburgh, R-U.

1995
Festival « Jazz et musiques métisses ». Musée d’Angoulême, Angoulême.

1995
Seydou Keïta. Helsingin Taidehalli Helsingfors Konsthall, Helsinki.

1995
Seydou Keïta. Espace Fernand Léger, Montreuil.

1995
Seydou Keïta. Centre national de la photographie, Paris.

1994
Seydou Keita
Ginza art's space - Shiseido
Tokyo, Japan.

1994
Seydou Keita
Cartier, The Contemporary Art Fondation.
Paris, France.

EXPOSITIONS COLLECTIVES
(Sélection)

2016
Making Africa - A Continent of Contemporary Design, CCCB, Barcelona, Spain

2015
In and Out of the Studio: Photographic
Portraits from West Africa, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

2014/2015
Look at Me! Tropenmuseum, Amersterdam

2014/2015
Luminós/C/ity.Ordinary Joy: From the Pigozzi Contemporary African Art Collection, Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA

2013
WHITE : Photography, Art, Design, Fashion, Film, Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterda

2013
Malian Portrait Photography
Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz, NY USA
The Dorsky
Alice and Horace Chandler Gallery and North Gallery

2013
Keïta, Ojeikere, Sidibé, 11 Columbia, Monaco

2013
Bamako Photo in Paris, Pavillon carré de Baudouin, Paris, France

2013
Focus sur la collection, Musée de la Fondation Zinsou, Ouidah, Bénin

2012
Six Yards Guaranteed Dutch Design, Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem, Netherlands

2012
Who, What, Wear. Selections from the Permanent Collection - Studio Museum Harlem - New York, USA

2012
Africa/Africa, Centre d’art contemporain, Meymac, France

2011
Paris Photo, Grand Palais
Artur Walther Collection

2011
África: Objetos y Sujetos, Teatro Fernán Gómez. Centro de Arte, Madrid, Spain

2011
Art Paris, Just Art! Grand Palais, Paris, France

2010
Contemporary African Photography from the Walther Collection
Events of the Self: Portraiture and Social Identity
Neu-Ulm, Germany

2010
8 oct - 25 oct 2010
African Stories
Marrakech Art Fair, Marrakech

2007
Why Africa?
Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli
Turin, Italy

2006
100% Africa
Guggenheim Museum
Bilbao, Spain

2006
Vive l’Afrique
Galérie du Jour – Agnès b.
Tokyo - Japon

2006
About Africa, part one
Fifty One Fine Art Photography
Antwerp, Belgium

2005
Arts of Africa
Grimaldi Forum
Monaco - France

2005
African Art Now : Masterpieces from the Jean Pigozzi Collection
Museum of Fine Art Houston
Houston - USA
2005 (travelling exhibition)
A hundred years of children

* The Bunkamura Museum of Art
Tokyo – Japan
* Granship
Shizuoka – Japan
* The Niigata Bandaijima Art Museum
Niigata - Japan

2005
Collection Remixed, Bronx Museum of Arts, Bronx, NY, February 3-May 29, 2005.

2005
Contact: 9th Annual Toronto Photography Festival, Alliance Francaise Toronto, Toronto, Canada, May 1-June 30, 2005.

2005
Corporate Culture, The Fleming Collection, London, UK

2005
Click, GoodmanGallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2004
Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan February 15-April 11, 2004

2004
AIM 24 :Portraits and Places, Bronx Museum of Art, Bronx, NY

2004
Fifty One celebrates four years
Fifty One Fine Art Photography
Antwerp - Belgium

2004
Je m’installe aux abattoirs
La collection d’art contemporain d’agnès b.
Les Abattoirs
Toulouse, France

2003/2004
Go Johnny Go !
Kunsthallewien
Vienna - Austria

2003/2004 (travelling exhibition)
Village Global : Années 60

* 2nd October 2003 – 18th January 2004
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal
Montreal – Canada
* 19th February 2004 – 23rd May 2004
Dallas Museum of Art
Dallas – USA

2003
Les ateliers des désirs
Centre Culturel Français Freiburg
Freiburg, Germany

2002/2003 (travelling exhibition)
Alter Ego

* 20th June – 31 October 2002
Mundaneum Museum
Mons – Belgium
* 17 January – 23rd March 2003
Hotel de Sully
Paris – France

2001/2003
You look beautiful like that : The Portrait of Photographs
of Seydou Keïta and Malick Sidibé

* Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown
Massachusetts, MA, USA.
* National Portrait Gallery
London, Great Britain.
* Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach
FL, USA.
* UCLA Hammer Museum, University of California
Los Angeles, CA, USA.
* Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums
Cambridge, MA, USA.

2002
Face Time, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA, November-December 21, 2002.

2001
The Short Century: Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa

2001
I Ka Nyi Tan Seydou Keïta e Malick Sidibé fotografi a Bamako Museo Hendrick Christian Andersen. Rome, Italy.

2000
The Museum of Contemporary Photography
Chicago, U.S.A.

2000
Le Monde Dans la Tête
Paris Museum of Modern Art, France.

1998
Kunst-Welten im Dialog,
Ludwig Museum.
Cologne, Germany.

1998
Sao Paulo Biennal.
Sao Paulo, Brazil.

1998
Moscou 2nd Biennal for photography
Moscow, Russia.

1996
African Photographers
Guggenheim Museum.
New York, U.S.A.

1995
Serpentine Gallery.
London, Great-Britain.

1995
Multiple Exposure – The Group Portrait in Photography
- The Bruce Museum
Greenwich - Connecticut - U.S.A.
- Bayly Art Museum Charlottesville - Virginia - U.S.A.
- Oakville Galleries Oakville - Ontario - Canada.

1994
Premières Rencontres Photographiques de Bamako -
Bamako - Mali.

1945-1994.
Museum Villa Stuck. München, Allemagne.
Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin.
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.
P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, NYC.

BIBLIOGRAPHIE (Sélection)

2016
Bloch, Judy, Stein, Suzanne, Views on the Collection, catalogue d'exposition, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 2016

2016
Blanco, José, A., Imaginez, Le Français Sans Frontières, Vista Higher Learning, Inc. pg.171.

2015
Angier, Roswell, Train Your Gaze: A practical and theoretical introduction to portrait photography, Second Edition, Bloomsbury Publishing, pg 155

2015
Coté Paris, N°37, February-March, 2015, pgs 38-40

2015
Amelie Klein, Making Africa - A Continent of Contemporary Design, Vitra Design Museum catalogue, pg. 136-137

2015
Irwin, Kimberly, Surface Design for Fabric, Bloomsbury pg. 69.

2014
Kirkham, Pat and Weber Susan, History of Design: Decorative Arts and Material Culture, 1400-2000, New York: Bard Graduate Center, Yale University Press, 2014 pg 548.

2014
Durden, Mark, Photography Today, London: Phaidon Press, Ltd., 2014, pg 89.

2014
Thomas, Nicholas, Body Art,London : Thames & Hudson, Ltd., 2014, pg 135.

2014
Bindman, David and Gates, Jr., Henry Louis, Dalton, Karen, The Image of the Black in Western Art - The Twentieth Century: The Rise of Black Artists, London : Belknap Harvard, 2014, pg 248.

2014
Apostrophe, Français 5é, Hachette Livre International, pg 26.

2014
Mémoires Vives, 30 an Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Exhibition catalogue, Fondation Cartier.

2014
Photography Today, Mark Durden, Phaidon Press, London, UK

2014
Art History in the Wake of the Global Turn, edited by Jill H. Casid and Aruna D'Souza, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Yale University Press, pg.65.

2014
The History of Photograpy: Volume 4, The Contemporary Era, Walter Guadagnini, Skira, Milan

2014
Body Art, Nicholas Thomas, Thames & Hudson

2014
How to Write about Contemporary Art, Gilda Williams, Thames & Hudson

2014
Travel & See: Black Diaspora Art Practices since the 1980s, Kobena Mercer, Duke University Press

2014
African Arts, Winter 2014, Volume 47, Number 4, pgs 37-39, 41

2013
Peffer, John and Cameron, Elisabeth L., Portaiture & Photograpy in Africa, John Peffer and Elisabeth L. Cameron, Indiana University Press.

2013
The African Diaspora: A history through Culture, Patrick Manning, Columbia Univesity Press.

2011
SEYDOU KEITA
Photographs, Bamako, Mali 1948 - 1963
Edited by Steidldangin

2010
Contemporary African Photography from the Walther Collection
Events of the Self: Portraiture and Social Identity
Edited by Okwui Enwezor

2007
Why Africa?
Exhibition catalogue. Published by Electa & Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli.

2006
100% Africa
Exhibition catalogue. Published by TF Editores & FMGB Guggenheim Bilbao Museum.

2005
Living with Art
Seventh Edition by Mark Getlein. Published by McGraw Hill.

2005
Arts of Africa: The Contemporary Collection of Jean Pigozzi
Exhibition catalogue. Published by Skira Edition & Grimaldi Forum Monaco.

2005
African Art Now: Masterpieces from the Jean Pigozzi Collection
Exhibition catalogue. Published by Merrell.

2003
Go Johnny Go !
Exhibition catalogue published by Steidl, Kunsthallwien

2002
Carnets de Voyage T2
By Titouan Lamazou. Gallimard Editions

2001
"I ka nyi tan"
Seydou Keita fotografi a Bamako
Castelvecchi Arte. Museo Hendrik Christian Andersen.

2001
YOU LOOK BEAUTIFUL LIKE THAT
The portrait photographs of Seydou Keita - Malick Sidibé.
Michelle Lamunière. Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge. Yale University Press, New Haven and London. Text in English.

2001
Cole, Herbert, M., Harris, Michael D., Poynor, Robin, Visonà, Monica Blackmun, A History of Art in Africa, Prentice Hall and Harry N. Abrams Publishers, 2001


2000
FLASH AFRIQUE
Fotografie aus Westafrika
Kunsthalle Wien, Steidl.
Bilingual text: German, English.

1997
SEYDOU KEITA
Monographic Book - 287 pages, 207 reproductions.
Published by SCALO, Edited by André Magnin. Book, French or English version.

1997
The Parkett Serie with Contemporary Artists N°49
Bamako : Full Dress Parade by Robert Storr p.24-34.
Bilingual texts: English, German.

1996
MATADOR N°2
Portfolio, Spain.

1995
Self Evident. Seydou Keita
The Ikon Gallery
Birmingham, Great-Britain.

1995
SEYDOU KEITA
Photopoche,
Ed. National Center of Photography, Paris.

1994
SEYDOU KEITA - 1949 to 1962 Exhibition catalogue texts in French by André Magnin. Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain, Paris.


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