Tiecoura N'Daou | Mali

A visual artist, he holds a postgraduate degree in multimedia from the Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers Multimédia Balla Fasseké Kouyaté, Bamako, Mali, 2010, and serves as assistant professor at the same institution. In his work, he explores time, passage and transparency, staging their absence or suspension. His work focuses primarily on society in Mali, and reflects on the meaning of narrative through audiovisual resources. He has been featured in festivals and exhibits such as Biennale Arts Actuels Réunion, France (2011); Biennale Africaine de la Photographie, Bamako (2009); Festival de Cinéma Africain de Tarifa (2009); and others. He won prizes in the short film contest of Semaine de l’Union Européenne au Mali (2009) and at the 7èmes Rencontres africaines de la photographie, Bamako (2007). Tiécoura N’Daou lives and works in Bamako.

Danse des Masques en Pays Dogon | 2014, video
Danse des Masques en Pays Dogon shows us one of the most important ceremonies in Mali’s Dogon region: the masquerade procession that takes place during a patriarch’s funeral. The masqued men symbolize the forest spirits and pay homage to the deceased in a dance ritual called Dama, which helps him along his path toward the land of ancestors. In the end of the film, the boys appear to play, rehearsing future participations in the ritual of the culture into which they were born.

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