Exhibition: Devenir quelqu’un

Deutsches Seminar | Room 0.42 | Nadelberg 4, 4051 Basel

Thursday 29 June, Friday 30 June and Saturday 1 July 2017 | 12:00-20:00

The protagonists of Devenir quelqu’un are university graduates from Mali and Burkina Faso. The audio-visual recordings in this exhibition provide insights into how those considered to be “society’s future” – hence today’s youths – work on and imagine their future lives in times of economic uncertainties, precarious career trajectories and widely publicised youth protests, The exhibition is part of the communication project Longing for the Future. It draws on scientific research on life stories, career trajectories and self-conceptions and provides a space for expressions of ambitions, ideas, expectations and challenges shared by young people across the world. The photographs were taken by young Malian photographers and the audio-footage was edited by theatre collectives from Burkina Faso and Germany.


Bah Diancoumba, Fanta Diarra, Siriki Kouyaté, Mamadou Ouattara, Zoumana Sidibé, Salimata Sogodogo, Aboubacar Traoré, Fatoumata Traoré, Oumou Traoré


The exhibition Devenir Quelqu’un is based on the audio-visual exhibition concept from Noemi Steuer, Clemens Bechtel and Till Kuhnert and for the ECAS 2017 realised by Michelle Engeler with the help of Florian Barth and Nadine Moroni.


Longing for the Future

Photographs from Devenir quelqu’un

The photographs in the exhibition Devenir quelqu’un were taken by photography students of the Cadre de Promotion pour la Formation en Photographie in Bamako, Mali. The life trajectories of four young graduates – Pierre, Rokiatou, Amadou and Awa – served as inspiration for this body of work. These have been documented within the ethnographic research project Construire son Avenir and are exemplary of the kinds of biographies the ethnographers came across while conducting research in Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso and Bamako in Mali.

Fatoumata TraorePhotographer: Fatoumata Traoré

Mamadou OuattaraPhotographer: Mamadou Ouattara

Oumou TraoréPhotographer: Oumou Traoré

Siriki Kouyaté 4Photographer: Siriki Kouyaté