Fatoumata Diabate – Solo show


Exhibition: 28 March - 27 April 2019

Opening: 28 March, 6PM - 9PM

Location: 31 rue de Seine, 76006, Paris, France

Fatoumata Diabate, (born in 1980) is a Malian photographer. She lives and works between Montpellier and Bamako.  

Attracted by humanist and social portraiture and photography, her images are mainly about women and young generations in Mali. The oral tradition, the beliefs, the question of the transmission are at the heart of her work. Usual objects, improvised masks and clothes become in her portraits the symbolic vectors of a common living memory, constantly reinvented. 

For her first solo exhibition in Paris, Fatoumata Diabate presents a selection of artworks from two series: L’Homme en animal (Man as animal) and L’Homme en objet (Man as object). Two photographic projects realised between 2011 and 2015 around the role of stories and tales in the structuring of the individual in Mali. A strong symbolic language, where the object and the animal question our relation to the world, modifying the bodies and masking the human figure. 


After studying photography at the Promo Femmes audiovisual training center at the CFP in Bamako from 2002 to 2004, Fatoumata Diabate was then technician of the center's film laboratory until 2009.


Her work has been the subject of several exhibitions in Mali, France and abroad, including at the Fondation Blachère (2012), at the Muséum national du Havre (2017), at the Musée rouge de Canton and at the Shutter space, Chengdu (2019).


Fatoumata Diabate also took part in the Biennale de la photographie de Bamako  (2009, 2011), to the Voies off festival in Arles (2018), to the Biennale de Dakar (2018) and to the Festival photo La Gacilly (2017).  


Since December 2017, she is president of the association of women photographers of Mali.