Kura Shomali Untitled (2011) x Malick Sidibe (1960s-70s)

I was inspired by African photography in the year 2001 when I was still a fine art student in Kinshasa, where a symposium was organized and it involved a beloved Congolese artist. He talked about his experience and his meeting African photographers Jean Depara, Malik Sidibé, Seidou Keïta… After that they really caught my attention and I found a track for appropriating all this photography, a massacre in my own way and finding an original style, an aesthetic point of view, ethics, applying my color more like graphics which I’ve done for several years. I work through meetings, exchanges with other artists – it keeps my mind open to the priority of the contemporary world.” - Kura Shomali