Earlier this month bolstered by my new years resolution to take in more culture I went to see the Malick Sidibe exhibition at Somerset House. This is the late Malian photographers first solo exhibition in the UK and it is so worth a visit. I had very little expectations going in and I was surprised by how uplifted I felt viewing his work.
The exhibition of photographs captured 1960s Mali in a way that was joyful, carefree and a little intense. The exhibition was split into three rooms, the first two were more candid shots while the third featured staged portraits. I enjoyed them all but the first two were my favourite.
It's no secret that representations of Africa follow a certain narrative. There was none of that here. This was young Malians having a good time. They looked strong, happy and stylish AF. This was unapologetically Black before unapologetically Black was a thing.
The exhibition is free and on till the 26th February 2017. I would recommend heading there early so you also have time to take in the splendour of Somerset House before walking down to Soho for a tasty lunch. Trust me it's a lovely way to spend an afternoon.
As I'm on a mission to take in more of the arts this year, all recommendations are welcome. Please share in the comments below!