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Seydou Keita

Paying unintentional homage to the maxim of an artist working at his craft and going largely unnoticed until they either die or a rich benefactor bequeaths them, Seydou Keita's 10,000 negatives unearthed after his death play to this narrative by receiving significant international recognition.

Born in Bamako, the French capital of Sudan a the time, Keita was a descendant of prominent ruling Muslim dynasty.  His archives dated from 1948 to 1954 document the deconilisation of Mali through a period of realisation and modernity.  Keita masters composition, subject and lighting that gives his photographs an current aesthetic that many artists and professionals still strive for today.

At Leila Jeller Gallery until 01 September 2016
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