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From the exhibition Vel Marì by Mohamed Keita. © Mohamed Keita 1 / 6       From the exhibition Vel Marì by Mohamed Keita. © Mohamed Keita.

From the exhibition Vel Marì by Mohamed Keita. © Mohamed Keita 2 / 6       From the exhibition Vel Marì by Mohamed Keita. © Mohamed Keita.

From the exhibition Vel Marì by Mohamed Keita. © Mohamed Keita 3 / 6       From the exhibition Vel Marì by Mohamed Keita. © Mohamed Keita.

From the exhibition Vel Marì by Mohamed Keita. © Mohamed Keita 4 / 6       From the exhibition Vel Marì by Mohamed Keita. © Mohamed Keita.

From the exhibition Vel Marì by Mohamed Keita. © Mohamed Keita 5 / 6       From the exhibition Vel Marì by Mohamed Keita. © Mohamed Keita.

From the exhibition Vel Marì by Mohamed Keita. © Mohamed Keita 6 / 6       From the exhibition Vel Marì by Mohamed Keita. © Mohamed Keita.

Vel Marì

Mohamed Keita arrives in Sardinia and continues working on his imagination, not compromising with stereotypes. MK resumes his endless research and, before his long journey to Africa, he stops by Alghero and shows us small houses, beaches, streets, vegetation, men and women, tourists. All these images are a continuation of his previous work on Rome, Mali and various parts of Italy. Mohamed Keita’s visual identity strengthens in Alghero where – never leaving his camera and his single «standard» lens – he adds a more defined graphic element and ends up experimenting with a series of diptychs that, besides emphasizing the images with a graphic correspondence, underline the complexity of a territory where Mohamed promptly looks for visual contradictions and for his fellow continentals (an extravagant term to use in Sardinia for the different meaning of the word «continental» (*).

In a way, in his ten days in Alghero, Mohamed prepares a preliminary vision of a motherland that he will reach in a few days. He asks many African youngsters to pose for him, he walks a lot, as usual, revealing places that are simultaneously intimate to him and foreign to their territory: neon signs, huts, hanging laundry, covered cars, small markets. The diptychs often emphasize and strengthen the single frames, just as much as they highlight the juxtaposition between the unfamiliarity with the territory and the recurring identity present in MK’s images.

This work is meant for hanging on walls, on many walls, in a modular fashion, where the beauty of the images can be conveyed with large prints, small prints or a variety of sizes. This work needs to be seen again and again, experienced for long minutes, with a need to go back and look at it once more. This work about Alghero could be continued during other seasons and years. This work is expected to trigger a reaction from those who live in this territory.

This is a new work by MK, a platform for his return home, in Africa. Who knows, maybe on his way back to Italy in the fall, he might need to stop by Alghero before reaching «the continent». [ Marco Delogu ]

(*) continental is often used in Sardinia with its regional meaning of «from the mainland, not from the island».

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VEL MARÌ
by Mohamed Keita
Lo Quarter, largo San Francesco - Alghero SS (Italy)
4 August – 4 September 2016
admission fee: free

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