Houston Museum of African American Culture

Africa on my mind: The art of Malick Sidibe and Leslie Wayne

Friday, Apr. 28, 2017 – Saturday, Jul. 1, 2017


Malick Sidibé was a photographer known for his black-and- white images chronicling the exuberant lives and culture, often of youth, in his native Bamako, Mali in the 1950s, ‘60s, and ‘70s. Sidibé’s work documents a transitional moment as Mali gained its independence and transformed from a French colony steeped in tradition to a more modern independent country looking toward the West. He captured candid images in the streets, nightclubs, and sporting events and ran a formal portrait studio.

Leslie Wayne

Leslie Wayne’s dimensional oil paintings straddle an uneasy territory between object and illusion. She manipulates the medium by approaching oil paint as a sculptural material, often times scraping, folding, cutting and building up the surfaces. Her work takes on three-dimensional forms with layers, varying textures and colors, taking the viewer’s gaze literally in and out of the painting in a physical way and beyond normative ideas about what a painting should be. In her African inspired Paint/Rag series, Wayne drapes skins of paint in ways that resemble textiles, adorning the surfaces with varying patterns, mixed and matched from different tribes across Africa. By making a painting that looks like a humble scrap of cloth, Wayne addresses head on the undervalued beauty of the everyday and the separation of fine arts and crafts in Western culture.


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