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Title:Constructing artworks: issues of authorship and articulation around Seydou Ke´ta's photographs
Author:Jedlowski, AlessandroISNI
Year:2008
Periodical:Nordic Journal of African Studies (ISSN 1459-9465)
Volume:17
Issue:1
Pages:34-46
Language:English
Geographic term:Mali
Subjects:photography
portraits
biographies (form)
About person:Seydou Ke´ta (1921-2001)ISNI
External link:http://www.njas.helsinki.fi/pdf-files/vol17num1/jedlowski.pdf
Abstract:This essay focuses on the work of Malian photographer Seydou Ke´ta (1921-2001), and on the way in which this work has been received and conceptualized within both the African and the Western context. Ke´ta's photographs have a long history of geographical and cultural displacement that has deeply influenced their status, as well as the status of the people who engaged with them. The essay follows the development of this history, dealing with the processes of construction of Seydou Ke´ta as an author and of his photographs as international acclaimed pieces of art. The first section presents a short history of Seydou Ke´ta's life, from the beginning of his career as a studio photographer in the 1940s in Bamako to the last ten years of his life as an internationally awarded artist. The second section shows the way in which his position as author as well as the interpretation of his photographs changed according to the space/time setting of their production and of their reception. Finally, the third section analyses the way in which the journey of the photographs around the world might be seen as an expression of the way in which political hegemony articulates itself through aesthetics. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]
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