Mali native Malick Sidibé is back in New York for his fifth solo exhibition at Jack Shainman Gallery. Malick's 1960 to 1980's vintage prints focus on scenes of young Malians, capturing their spirits run free after the country's liberation from France. From posed studio photographs, to wild house party scenes and carefree hangouts on the beach, there is a playful attitude in the air. He showcases the mixture of cultures present, indicative of the growing influence of western rock and roll styles and individualism. These youths embrace the changes that come with their new choices and freedom, exposing them to a balance between their national pride and a gravitation to experiment with their cultural bounds.
The show runs until April 26th.
Text by Amanda Everich
Photos by Antonio Williams