Centre Soleil d’Afrique is conceived as a framework to stimulate the autonomy of ideas in the visual arts in Mali. The start of the centre was in 1999. With the material support of the Prince Claus Fund a small building was realised and the first activities started. Centre Soleil d’Afrique aims to offer a space for artists to carry out research, to produce and to present their works. Furthermore, Centre Soleil d’Afrique wants to create a framework for discussion and for exchange between artists from Mali and abroad. It does so by organising workshops, debates, exhibitions and residencies. Initially the accent is mostly on painting and bogolan, in the longer term experiments including more disciplines will be covered.
read » 2011 Quarterly KYA Network was being launched in February
The second FAIVA video festival will take place throughout Bamako, also in the public realm.Public video presentations, lectures and workshop.
From 4 - 26 November 2011.
More news will follow soon.
Check the link to youtube to see the film spot: www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUw7EJ1i-U0
FAIVA will partly coincide with the '9th Bamako Encounters'(Les Rencontres de Bamako),the biennial on African Photography
read » 2011 Hama Goro,Lecture at Rijksakademie 22-08-2011 at 5.30 PM
read » 2011 Workshop Gakoro: 'En réalisation de spot publictaire et d'arts' 26/7-10/8, Bamako & Segou
Visual Artist Paulien Oltheten (RA 05/06) will take part and will be technical supervisor of the Video workshop 'En réalisation de spot publicitaire et d'arts'. The workshop will take place from 24/7 - 10/8 and is a collaboration between Centre Soleil d'Afrique,Bamako and Centre Culturel Korè Segou (Réseau KYA)with cooperation of Conservatoire des Arts et Metiers (CAMM), Bamako.
During the workshop short video and publicity spots will be realised for the FAIVA filmfestival in November 2011.
Soleil d'Afrique is the co-organiser of this event.
Copy the links to see two result of the Gakoro workshop:
read » 2010 Station Gare Mali, exhibition Hivos office, The Hague, The Netherlands
The exhibition 'Station Gare Mali' travelled to the Hivos premises in The Hague. The work was on show for six month from 26th January untill 1 July 2010 during office hours, Monday till Friday.
Hivos, Raamweg 16, 1596 HL Den Haag, The Netherlands
read » 2009 Mediamatic Biennale - Amsterdam
For the Mediamatic travel biennial in Amsterdam, Hama Goro, director of Soleil d'Afrique and Harald Schole curated the Bamako pavilion. The Bamako pavilion opened at 5 December 2009.
On show are, among others, video works by the Malinese artists Améyovi Homawoo, Bourama Diakité, Mamary Diallo, Aissata Dao, Alassane Maiga and Rafty OkeFolahan and impressions of 'Station Gare Mali', an international collaborative project between Dutch and African artists held in 2008/2009 in Bamako.
Mediamatic, Vijzelstraat 72, Amsterdam
The Mediamatic Biennial is extended till 3 January 2010.
read » 2009 Station Gare Mali, exhibition Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy, Amsterdam
Lloyd Time on Mondays
Monday 12 October 2009, at 20.00 hrs
Restaurant Lloyd Hotel
Exhibition Station Gare Mali
Station Gare Mali is an artists project in which over 20 artists participated from several generations from Mali, Togo, Benin and the Netherlands. The last stop was Centre Soleil d'Afrique, an artists initiative in Barnako.
The exhibition shows photos, banners and photo documentaries of installations that were made during workshops. It can now be seen at Lloyd Hotel.
On 12 October Lloyd Time will present a conversation between Ester Vossen and initiator Harald Schole. The book Station Gare Mali will be presented.
Groupe de travail Panet 1 : dirigé par Kossi ASSOU
Jeudi 05 novembre 09- Lancement FAIVA au Musée National Bamako Mali
Groupe de Travail Panet 2 : Dirigé par Mamadou DIANE
read » 2008 Hama Goro speaker in ‘Issues for West Africa’ during RES Artis Meeting ‘Artists in Dialogue, Amsterdam
read » 2008-2009 Station Gare Mali, international workshops and exhibition Soleil d' Afrique Bamako
Hama Goro, Joost van Haaften and Harald Schole organised the project Station Gare Mali in Centre Soleil d'Afrique in Bamako. Our aims were mutual exchange and to show Centre Soleil's indoor activities to the neighbourhoud and by doing so, to create an awareness about art for a new public.
Over 20 artists from Benin, Mali, Togo and the Netherlands worked together.
The banners on this photo are the result of a workshop on Malian proverbs.
They all respond to the proverb ce que la barbe dit le jour, le pagne l'a décidé la nuit ( a gender variation on man proposes, God disposes ). People passing by, stopped and gave their spontaneously response. Gender questions were intensively discussed by the artists during the workshop.
The publication Station Gare Mali
(48 page FR / Eng) is available via:
Authors: Paul Davis, art historican; Hama Goro; Harald Schole
read » 2006 Context 4, Joao Castilho (BR) and Alioune Ba (ML)
read » 2006 Workshop Bogolan CARAVANE d'ARTISTES
read » 2005 Workshop Bogolan on wood BOGOBOIS by Ali Mroivili
read » 2005 Opening ArtNet Multimedia cafe
read » 2003 Workshop digital photography BOGODIA (5th Rencontres de la Photography Africaine)
read » 2003 Workshop basics computer en Internet
read » 2003 Workshop Objet recuperée: choix ou necessité? by artist-in-residence Stéphane Cauchy
read » 2002 Art Summit, meeting of PACA Nigeria and artists from Mali
read » 2001 Workshop digital photography CLICK (4th Rencontres de la Photography Africaine)
read » 2000 Workshop Painting by Narcisse Tordoir with African and international artists
read » 2000 Workshop Photography by Michel Francois with African and international artists