Abdoulaye Konaté

  • Born 1953 in Diré, Mali.
  • Based in Bamako, Mali.

Abdoulaye Konaté creates large-scale textile installations using woven and dyed clothes, materials originating from his homeland, Mali, and from other countries of the world. Konaté’s abstract and figurative tableaux explore both aesthetic language and various socio-political and environmental issues. Referencing the West African tradition of using textiles as a means of communication, the artist balances global issues with an intimate reference to his own life and country. His work often questions the ways in which societies and individuals have been affected by such factors as war, struggle for power, religion, globalization, ecological change and AIDS.

He has participated in biennials such as 57th Venice Biennale (2017; Italy) and documenta 12 (2007; Kassel, Germany). His works have been shown internationally including solo exhibition at Arken Museum for Moderne Kunst (2016; Copenhagen, Denmark), group exhibitions at National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institute (2015; Washington D.C., USA), Centre Georges Pompidou (2007; Paris, France), Mori Art Museum (2007; Tokyo, Japan) and others.

  • A kite for the children of my country, 2019
  • Courtesy of the artist, Primo Marella Gallery and STANDING PINE