MOUSSA JOHN KALAPO

President of Donkosira / Mali

Moussa KALAPO is a plastic artist based in Bamako, Mali. He is mainly distinguished by his work in photography and video production, in parallel with his blogging activities which aim to promote social change and the denunciation of unjust power structures through independent journalism and documentary images.

Kalapo graduated in accounting and computer science from the professional institutes of Sikasso and Bamako. Afterwards, he enrolled in 2010 at the Center for Training in Photography (CFP) in Bamako. There he develops his skills in image creation and his knowledge of photography, which has fascinated him for years. In 2011, he obtained his diploma in conceptual and documentary photography from the CFP.

In addition, as an intern in the Mali-Photo project for the conservation and archiving of photographic negatives, he was directly exposed to the heritage of famous African photographers (such as Malick Sidibe, Abderahmane Sakaly, Adama Kouyaté and Tijani Àdìgún Sitou)

He is a co-founder and active member of the association Collectif images conceptuelles. He regularly contributes to the world’s largest image bank (Getty Images).

He has also been selected for Telling Time, the pan-African exhibition of the 10th edition of the Rencontres de Bamako – La Biennale africaine de la photographie (organized by Bisi Silva, Centre d’art contemporain – Lagos), which will present his most recent project – Esclavage moderne (child domestic labor). This series was awarded second prize at the Benin Photography Fortnight Festival in 2016 and was recently presented at the French Institute in Bamako as part of the international symposium on slavery in West Africa.