Artist

Konaté Abdoulaye

Born in Bamako, Mali, 1953 and lives in Bamako, Mali

Konaté first studied painting at the Institut National des Arts in Bamako and then at the Instituto Superior des Arte, Havana, Cuba, where he lived for seven years before returning to Mali.
Today, his work primarily takes the form of textile-based installations which explore socio-political and environmental issues, as well as showcasing his aesthetic concerns and formal language. The artist questions the way in which societies and individuals, both in Mali and beyond, have been affected by factors such as war, the struggle for power, religion, globalisation, ecological shifts and the AIDS epidemic. Employing material native to Mali, namely woven and dyed cloths which are sewn together, the artist creates large-scale abstract and figurative compositions. Konatérefers to the West-African tradition of using textiles as a means of commemoration and communication, balancing global political and social reflections with a reference to his own local and cultural history.
In 2008, Konaté was nominated for the Artes Mundi 3 prize, Cardiff. He has received several awards, including the prestigious Léopold Sédar Senghor Prize at the Dak’Art Biennale in Dakar (1996), the Officier de l’Ordre National du Mali  (2009) as well as the  Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres  de France (2002). He is the Founding General Director of the Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers Multimédia Balla Fasseké Kouyaté in Bamako.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
19th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil: Southern Panoramas | Guest Artists
The Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil | Southern Panoramas proposes to present a selection of...
06 Oct 2015 - 06 Dec 2015
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Abdoulaye Konatè Solo Show
Primo Marella presents in his gallery venue one of the most influent and important artists of the african...
19 Nov 2015 - 11 Feb 2016
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Afterwork
Afterwork takes its point of departure from Para Site’s ongoing Hong Kong’s Migrant Domestic Workers...
19 Mar 2016 - 29 May 2016
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The White Hunter. African Memories and representation
Curated by Marco Scontini, the group show consists of 120 works by 40 different artists, confronting...
31 Mar 2017 - 03 Jun 2017
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Collection David H. Brolliet, Geneva
The Fondation Fernet Branca presents an exhibition of the collection of David Brolliet, collector from...
27 May 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
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On the Spiritual Matter of Art
MAXXI, the National Museum of XXI Century Arts, brings together a number of leading figures from the...
17 Oct 2019 - 08 Mar 2019