Fatoumata Diabaté 31 project

Born in 1980, lives and works between Montpellier and Bamako.

Interested in portraits, as well as in social and cultural photography, her images focus on women and young generations in Mali. Oral tradition, beliefs and transmission are at the core of her artistic expression. In her portraits, everyday objects, improvised masks and fabrics become the symbolic vehicles of a shared living memory that is constantly reinvented. 

Fatoumata Diabaté has also developed a project called "Le studio photo de la rue" (The street photo studio), which recreates a nomadic, urban studio in the vein of Malick Sidibé and Seydou Keïta. By claiming her artistic heritage, she pays tribute, with humour and lightness, to the Malian photographic repertoire. 

 

After studying photography at the Promo Femmes audiovisual training centre and at the CFP in Bamako from 2002 to 2004, Fatoumata Diabaté worked as a technician in the silver laboratory until 2009. In 2014 and 2015, she was awarded a scholarship at the ENSA in Nancy. 

 

Her work has been shown in several exhibitions in Mali, France and around the world, notably at the Fondation Blachère (2012), the Muséum national du Havre (2017), the Hong Museum in Chengdu and the Shuter Art Space in Guangzhou (2019). 

 

Fatoumata Diabaté has also taken part in the Bamako Biennial of Photography (2009, 2011), the Voies Off Festival in Arles (2018), the Dakar Biennial (2018) and the La Gacilly Photo Festival (2017). Since December 2017, she is president of the association of female photographers in Mali.
 

In 2021, she is selected as a laureate of the Photographic Residencies of the Musée du Quai Branly.

 

 FATOUMATA DIABATÉ

 
 

CURRICULUM VITAE

 

SOLO SHOWS

2019

Objet / Homme / Animal, 31 project, Paris – France

 

2018

Mini Mono,  galerie Negpos, Nîmes - France

Mini Mono, galerie Afrique en vie, Rencontres d’Arles - France 

Mini Mono, galerie Aux-Docs, Rencontres d’Arles - France

 

2017  

Caméléon, Gazette café Montpellier - France 

 

2016

L’Homme en animal - L’Homme en objet, Club des arts, Conseil de l’Europe, Strasbourg - France 

 

2013

Natten äre vär (À nous la nuit), Marabouparken, Stockholm - Sweden

 

2012

Sutigi (À nous la nuit), Alliance Française, Accra - Ghana

 

2011 

Maliens de Montreuil, Musée du Quai Branly, hors les murs, Paris - France

 

2006

Touareg en geste et mouvement, Blabla bar, Bamako - Mali

 

2004

Festival visage de la Francophonie, Cahors - France

GROUP SHOWS

2020

Small, 31 PROJECT, Paris - France

A contre-courant, Domaine de Chamarande  - France

Artissima, 50 Golborne gallery, Milan - Italy

Investec Cape Town Art Fair, 31 PROJECT, Cape Town – South Africa

Wild Spirits, Charles-Wesley Hourdé + 31PROJECT, BRAFA Art Fair, 

Brussels - Belgium

2019  

Exposition Jouons !, Hong Museum, Chengdu China

Exposition Jouons !, Shuter Art Space, Guangzhou  China

Galerie Collector Daily, Brooklin USA 

 

2018

Festival Voies Off, Arles – France

AKAA ART FAIR, Galerie 50Golborn, Paris – France

Festival photo la Gacilly, Baden – Austria

Red Hook Labs, Nataal New African Photography III, New York – USA

La FAAP Le Carrefour OFF, 13ème édition de la Biennale de Dakar,

Dakar - Senegal 

The Friends of Photography, Museum of Fine Arts, Miami – USA

 

2017

Festival Les Boutographies, Montpellier – France

Le Havre – Dakar, partager la mémoire, Museum national du Havre – France

Festival Photo de La Gacilly – France

 

2015

Regard croisés sur l’Afrique, Domfront en Champagne – France 

Femmes photographes, Hôtel ONOMO, Dakar – Senegal

Dakar Bamako Phénomènes urbains, Village des arts, Dakar – Senegal

 

2014

Bamako Dakar Westafrikanische Fotograhie heute, Stadhaus Ulm,

Stuttgart – Germany

The space betwen us, Ifa galerie Berlin, Stuttgart – Germany

 

2013

Bamako photo in Paris, Pavillon Carré Baudouin, Paris – France

Réconciliation, Galerie (GIZ) Bonn – Germany

 

2012

Pour un monde durable, Fondation Blachère, Apt – France

Projection Crossing Point Residency, La Nuit de la Roquette, Arles – France

 

2011

African DIGITALART, Paris Photo - France

Pour un monde durable, 9ème Rencontres Africaines de la Photographie de Bamako - Mali

Burkina, 50 ans d’Indépendance, Ambassade du Burkina Faso,

Bamako - Mali

La ville en mouvement, Collectif Jaabugusso, Bamako - Mali

 

2010

Festival Ciné Nomade, Tarifa - Spain

Mali au Féminin, Musée de Bretagne, Rennes - France

 

2009

Regard croisé, 8ème Rencontres Africaines de la Photographie de Bamako - Off, Blabla Club, Bamako - Mali

Festival Ciné Nomade, Tarifa - Spain

Aquitaines Afriques: contact, Zones, Centre culturel Blaise Senghor,

Dakar - Senegal

Les Bozos, Institut National des Arts de Bamako - Mali 

Education Abroad, Institut Français, Bamako - Mali

 

2006/2008

D’Ailleurs, Espace Arlaud, Lausanne - Switzerland

Aquitaines Afriques: contact, Zones, Migrations Culturelles Aquitaine-Afriques, Bordeaux - France

Itinéraires de Photographes Voyageurs, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Bordeaux - France.

Fête Traditionnelle de la Pêche à la San Sangue Mo, San - Mali     

 

2005

Un Autre Monde, Kornhausforum, Berne - Switzerland

L’été photographique de Lectoure, Regards croisés Bamako-Paris,

Lectoure - France

 

2004

25 districts of Bamako with 5 young Malian photographers, organised by CNA, Bamako - Mali

 

2003

La Mode, Festival Visages francophones, Cahors - France 

Travaux de Femmes, Kornhausforum, Berne - Switzerland

 

2002

Portraits de femmes, Festival du Théâtre des Réalités, au CFP, au Palais de la Culture, au Centre Awa Keita, au centre Culturel Français, au musée du District de Bamako et au Musée Muso Kunda, Bamako - Mali

Les Anciennes bâtisses coloniales, Association Promo-Femmes, Musée de Bamako - Mali

REPORTAGES | Selection

2016

Report on development, agriculture, livestock and education in Mali for the Helvetas annual report - Switzerland

Report on access to medicines in West Africa for the World Health Organisation

 

2013

Report on the Ebola vaccine test in Mali. Commissioned by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

 

2012

Report on adult literacy in Mali for the Adult Education Development journal

 

2010

Report on the food crisis in Niger for Oxfam UK

2008

Report on the Malians of Montreuil (France), as part of the Hors les murs project of the Musée du Quai Branly, Paris - France

Report on Bamako for CIDCOM (Groupe Jeune Afrique Paris) - Mali

Report on Malick Sidibé in Bamako for Gwin Zegal, Holland

Report on Youssou N'Dour for the Rolex Arts Initiative in Dakar - Senegal

RESIDENCIES

2021

Winner of the Quai Branly Museum's photographic residencies program

AWARDS

2011

Blachère Foundation, 9th African Photography Meeting, Bamako - Mali  

 

2005

AFAA - Africa in Creation, 6th African Photography Meeting, Bamako - Mali

EDUCATION

2014-2015 

Bourse à l’Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Nancy – ENSA

2004

Certificate of Photography-Photography Training Centre (C.F.P.), Bamako - Mali, 

2001

Education at Promo–Femmes

1996

Diploma of Fundamental Studies (D.E.F.), Bamako - Mali

WITH 31 PROJECT

PUBLICATION

OBJET / HOMME / ANIMAL

EXHIBITIONS

2020

SMALL, group show

OBJET / HOMME / ANIMAL, solo show

ARTFAIRS

2020

Investec Cape Town Art Fair

BRAFA Art Fair