JAMEL ROBINSON

Celebrated multidisciplinary artist Jamel Robinson’s works have gained him notoriety throughout the US and the world, Robinson was celebrated in the New York Times and CBS News for his solo exhibition, “Beauty from Ashes”, showcasing a body of work that was curated in response to “African American Art in the 20th Century,”

Robinson travelled to the Dakar Biennale in Senegal to lead the Art Creation Day for the My Sahel initiative. Inspiring and guiding the 15 visual artists from the Sahel region as they created true works of beauty reflecting their lived experience growing up in the Sahel and living through an escalating humanitarian crises.

MARIAM NIARÉ

Passionate about art since her childhood, Mariam Niaré, whose father was a painter, began the practice of drawing and photography from an early age. She pursues her passion by entering the Conservatory of Arts and Multimedia Professions Balla Fasséké Kouyaté. Studies that allow her to follow several workshops, the most significant of which was, for her, the one led by Hector Mediavilla, which led to a collective exhibition as part of the OFF of the 11th Biennale of Photography – Les Rencontres de Bamako.

ALOU CISSÉ “ZOL”

Malian dancer and choreographer, Alou Cissé, known as “Zol”, began his training at Donko Seko by Kettly Noël in 2002. He then quickly led an international career by performing in various plays. He created his first Doudadou company in 2009, which later became Graines de Danseurs. Zol is involved in many local actions and wishes to open the eyes of its fellow citizens to current ecological issues. In 2015, he created “Ballet Plastique”, a choreography showing the impact of the plastic bag in its environment.

INDÉPENDANCE DOUGNON

Born in Ivory Coast in 1998, Indépendance Madigè Dougnon grew up in Mali where she brilliantly passed the entrance exam to the Balla Fasséké Kouyaté Conservatory of Arts and Multimedia Professions in Bamako.

Today, Indépendance sculpts and creates installations while devoting itself to fashion. His main subject is the female body. She explores her presence in public and private space, addressing themes that are usually overlooked. The artist participates in numerous group exhibitions and events related to fashion, in particular through the use she makes of sewing tape. In 2021, she won the Superior Collection Prize at the International Biennial of Sculpture in Ouagadougou.

GADIABA KODIO

Kodio is a visual artist – designer, photographer – Malian who diverts everyday objects. As a child, he preferred the streets to school where he ventured into the mountains of garbage to find treasures. Metal, plastic, rubber and wood then become his raw materials to create furniture and decorative elements (lamps, sculptures, etc.) that stand out for their originality. Today Kodio lives in Dakar and practices design and photography. After having tackled the objects that inhabit him on a daily basis, he becomes an observer of his environment. Currently, the themes of his work revolve around the lifestyles of our societies. It questions consumer behavior and major contemporary upheavals.

ASSITAN DIALLO

Assitan DIALLO was born in Bamako, she is a puppeteer.

Graduated with a Technician’s Certificate and a certification in secretarial management, she has been involved since 2015 with Compagnie Nama as a female puppeteer.

His artistic career traces the best moments of his career around the world.

The Nama Company has allowed him to travel through many African and Western countries, leaving his mark during artistic and cultural events such as: Theater of realities, the Masa festival in Ivory Coast, the festival on the Niger of Mali, the festival Urbain de Sélingué in Markala, the Didadi festival in Yanfolila, the Fari Foni Waata festival, the Rendez-vous chez nous festival in Mali, the Rendez-vous chez nous festival in Ouaga, the SAN KEMO festival in San, etc.

BOURAMA DOUMBIA

Assitan DIALLO was born in Bamako, she is a puppeteer.

Graduated with a Technician’s Certificate and a certification in secretarial management, she has been involved since 2015 with Compagnie Nama as a female puppeteer.

His artistic career traces the best moments of his career around the world.

The Nama Company has allowed him to travel through many African and Western countries, leaving his mark during artistic and cultural events such as: Theater of realities, the Masa festival in Ivory Coast, the festival on the Niger of Mali, the festival Urbain de Sélingué in Markala, the Didadi festival in Yanfolila, the Fari Foni Waata festival, the Rendez-vous chez nous festival in Mali, the Rendez-vous chez nous festival in Ouaga, the SAN KEMO festival in San, etc.

FATOUMATA DIALLO

Fatoumata Diallo was born in Yanfolila, in the Sikasso region of Mali.

She is a graduate of the Conservatory of Arts and Multimedia Professions Balla Fasséké Kouyaté in Bamako.

She has produced series of reports on Malian refugees in MBerra in Mauritania, Goudebou in Burkina Faso and Ayorou in Niger. Also a director, Fatoumata produces short films on current issues in Mali.

Passionate about photography and videography, the young woman has participated in several national and international collective exhibitions, notably during the Bamako Photography Biennale.

She is also a member of several women’s photography federations.

KORKA KASSOGUE

HABIBATOU YAYE KIETA

ABDOULAYE YAMPA

ALASSANE KONE

MARIAM KIMBIRY

KATIATOU CISSÉ DIT "KUNNANDI"

Kunnandi is a multifaceted artist from Mali. Trained as a journalist and business manager, she has carved a niche for herself as a photographer, community manager, and a prominent figure in the slam poetry scene. Not only does she perform as a slam poet, but she also holds the title of slammaster. Currently, she serves as the vice-president of the Jeuness’Art slam association. Kunnandi has showcased her talents in numerous slam events across Mali, notably at the “Écritude” show hosted by the École des Poètes in Côte d’Ivoire.

In addition to her artistic pursuits, Kunnandi champions social causes. She represents UN Women Mali as a slam ambassador, advocating against gender-based violence. She also graced the stage in Sirafily Diango’s play, “Il neige sur Kidal”, in her capacity as a slam poet. Previously, Kunnandi held the position of editor-in-chief at the Mali Culture Company and hosted the program “Screen of Mali and Africa”.

Currently, Kunnandi is the communications officer and in-house photographer for “Les Praticables”. She debuted her inaugural photo project, “Be a Woman”, at the Festival les Praticables 2021. This project was later showcased at the Rencontres de Bamako 2022, the African Biennale of Photography.

SYLVIE KOUAME

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