“A movie theater, a place where anything is possible and imagination is on the loose; an open window to the world. The local political and military setting has been particularly tough since 2012. How can the youth of Mali project itself into the future? What has become of yesterday’s dreams? As skinned and decrepit as the walls we intervene on. Here we are, gathered around a collective proposal, questioning freedom of expression, history, art and politics. In the courtyard of Medina Coura Cinema, this in situ photographic installation offers a framework for discussing, renewed questioning, thinking and hoping.
Compelled by a fast-moving world, driven by power, domination, isolation and borders, we are here seeking echoes of a common thought. Through this collaborative endeavor, we are following side roads, new ways of seeing and looking, reflecting the society we live in. Notwithstanding existential hardships, we return to Bamako where we met to share our experiences, worried and aware of the need to listen to each other, to discuss, to work together, here and now in The courtyard.”