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Abdoulaye Konaté

  • CountryMali
  • Born1953


Abdoulaye Konaté is a Malian artist. He was born in Diré in northern Mali and lives and works in Bamako. Konaté studied painting in Bamako and then in Havana, Cuba for seven years.

Konaté combines painting with installation work, making powerful commentaries on political and environmental affairs. The encroachment of the Sahel and the impact of AIDS on society and on individuals, de-forestation and dictatorships have been themes explored in his work. He questions the political, social, and economic scenes in contemporary Mali – AIDS, wars, ecological issues, human rights, and globalisation – these affect all aspects of life for individuals within Malian society.

Much of his large-scale work is textile-based though he is a multi-disciplinary artist and has also worked with installation.

In 2008 Konaté was nominated for the Artes Mundi prize. Other exhibitions include Documenta 12, 2007 and Africa Remix, Contemporary Art of a Continent in 2005 at the Hayward Gallery, London and toured to Paris, Tokyo and Dusseldorf. He is now Director of the Conservatoire for Arts & Media in Bamako.

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