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Malick Sidibé (Malian, b.1936)
LOT ID: 89660
Le Faux Cow Boy À Mobylette, 1974

Silver Print, Gelatin Silver Print
23.62 х 19.69 in. (59.99 x 50.01 cm.)
Signed, titled and dated.
Lot description
Printed in 2013.

The photographs by Malick Sidibé (Malian, b.1936) are true to the spirit of the word ubuntu, once defined by Nelson Mandela as "a universal truth," and "a way of life." More accurately, ubuntu is the conceptualization of humanity. Sidibé's photographs serve as a reference point for the transformation of traditional African culture taking place in his beloved country of Mali during the 1950s and 1960s. The photograph seen here, a typical commercial portrait from his Studio Malick, shows how the old was quickly being replaced by the new: Le Faux Cow Boy À Mobylette (1974) depicts a man on a motor-scooter sporting a Western-style hat and bellbottom pants, as well as a traditional African patterned poncho. Sidibé is considered one of the keenest witnesses to the influence of European, Cuban, and South American cultures on the youth of his native country.
Le Faux Cow Boy À Mobylette by Malick Sidibé
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