Back Views [Vues de Dos]

Malick Sidibé, Malian, 1936 - 2016

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2002

Gelatin silver print, glass, cardboard, tape, and string

Overall: 8 3/8 × 5 7/8 in. (21.2 × 14.9 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the Olivia H. Parker and John O. Parker '58 Acquisition Fund

© Malick Sidibé

PH.2003.36

Geography

Place Made: Mali, Western Africa, Africa

Period

21st century

Object Name

Photograph

Research Area

Africa

Photograph

On view

Inscriptions

Signed and inscribed, in black ink, bottom left to right: Vues de dos.2002 Malick Sidibe MS 2003

Label

With her back to the camera, the sitter in Sidibé’s Back Views is subverting the norms of portraiture in which a face is visibly at the center. Known as one of the earliest African studio photographers, Sidibé’s portraits of people in Mali capture the joy, tensions, and style of post-independence Bamako. That she is reclining recalls the fetishistic trope of the “reclining female nude” throughout Western art, but that she is turned away from the camera lends a sense of mystery and opacity—perhaps a Black feminist resistance to being captured by the camera’s gaze.

From the 2023 exhibition Homecoming: Domesticity and Kinship in Global African Art, curated by Alexandra Thomas, Curatorial Research Associate

Course History

HIST 6.3, AAAS 88.2, WGST 38.2, Women and Gender in the African Diaspora, Rashauna Chenault, Spring 2012

AAAS 11, Introduction to African Studies, Naaborko Sackeyfio, Spring 2013

SART 29, Photography I, Christina Seely, Winter 2015

First Year Student Enrichment Program – Cultures, Identities and Belongings, Colleen Lannon, Summer 2023

First Year Student Enrichment Program - Cultures, Identities and Belongings, Mokhtar Bouba, Summer 2023

Philosophy 1.11, Art: True, Beautiful, Nasty, John Kulvicki, Summer 2023

Writing 2.05, Why Write, Anyway?, Erkki Mackey, Fall 2023

Writing 5.24, Photographic Representations, Amanda Wetsel, Fall 2023

Writing 5.25, Photographic Representations, Amanda Wetsel, Fall 2023

Anthropology 31.01, Women's Gender, and Sexuality Studies 36.01, Gender in Cross Cultural Perspectives, Sabrina Billings, Fall 2023

Anthropology 55.01, Anthropology of Global Health, Anne Sosin, Fall 2023

Creative Writing 10.02, Writing and Reading Fiction, Katherine Crouch, Fall 2023

Geography 31.01, Postcolonial Geographies, Erin Collins, Fall 2023

Exhibition History

Black Womanhood: Images, Icons, and Ideologies of the African Body, William B. Jaffe and Evelyn A. Jaffe Hall Galleries, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, April 1-August 10, 2008; Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts, September 10-December 10, 2008; San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California, January 21-April 26, 2009

Collectanea: The Museum as Hunter and Gatherer, Alvin P. Gutman Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, May 21, 2005-February 12, 2006.

Homecoming: Domesticity and Kinship in Global African Art, Harteveldt Family Gallery, Owen Robertson Cheatham Gallery, and Northeast Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth, Hanover, New Hampshire, July 22, 2023–May 25, 2024.

Publication History

Barbara Thompson, "The African Collection at the Hood Museum of Art," African Arts, Volume XXXVII, No. 2, Los Angeles: African Studies Center, University of California, 2004, ill. p. 33.

Barbara Thompson, Black Womanhood: Images, Icons, and Ideologies of the African Body, Seattle: University of Washington Press [Hanover: Trustees of Dartmouth College], 2008, p. 331, plate 112

Provenance

The artist; Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, New York; sold to present collection, 2003.

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