Born in 1953, in Diré, Mali, Abdoulaye Konaté uses fabric as his material of preference. After studies at the National Arts Institute of Bamako, he received a second degree at the Superior Institute of Art (ISA) in Havana.
His textile sculptures and installations unveil a universe conscious of the economic, political and social issues and global realities. By taking up the themes of globalization and the numerous ills affecting our societies, such as war, climate change, and deadly diseases, Abdoulaye Konaté puts into question the future of humanity.
In 1996, he was awarded the Grand Prize at the Dakar African Contemporary Art Biennial. Today, world renowned, he has shown his work on all continents in many festivals, biennials, and exhibitions, including the well-known traveling exhibition, Africa Remix (2004-2007). The most prestigious institutions have welcomed his works, including the Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, D.C., the Museum of Modern Art in Paris, in 2013, the Arab World Institute in 2011, and the Fondation Blachère, in 2010. He became Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, in France, in 2002, and, in 2009, Officier de l’Ordre national, in Mali.
He was Head of Division of exhibitions at the National Museum of Mali, from 1985 to 1997, Director of the Palais de la Culture de Bamako and of the Rencontres photographiques de Bamako, from 1998 to 2002. Since 2003, he has directed the Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers Multimédia in Bamako.
Homme Nature II, 2015,
Mixed media on fabrics, 120 x 120 cm,
As you know, the Coronavirus is spreading worldwide. After Asia, Europe and the American continent, the African continent sees the Covid19 epidemic coming with great concern, given the limited health infrastructures available in some countries.
All the AAD teams wish to give their warm support to the artists, professionals, partners and volunteers involved in our projects throughout Africa.
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