CONFLICT AREA / COUNTRY OF REFERENCE: MALI
TOMO (Abandoned territory)
© Artraker CIC 2014
Bakary Diallo was born in 1979 in Kati, Mali. He started the practice of visual arts and cinema at the Conservatory of Arts and Multimedia Crafts Balla Fasséké Kouyaté, at Bamako. This is where he made the movie The Light (2010) which makes a stand against dictatorship and stages people, represented by lemons, fighting for democracy. Les feuilles d’un temps (The leaves of a time, 2010) is a tribute between the lines to the Woman through the theme “childhood memories”, where he relates the time he spent with his mother helping her in her daily duties.
Bakary Diallo died in the tragic Air Algerie crash on the 24th July 2014.
Bakari Diallo is sadly no longer with us. He died in the tragic Air Algerie crash on the 24th July 2014.
The following curatorial write up was sent to us by Bakary in his own words -
By showing burning, ghostly figures doing domestic life chores, I am broaching in a symbolic manner the physical and psychological wounds of the people whose lands have been devastated by war. If this video had been shot in Mali, it would have represented the instability that results from armed conflicts in a general manner. I also broach the question of movements of population since “Tomo” literally means “a territory left because of the war” in the Bambara language - these movements are another universal sign of a territory in conflict. This film is a sort of warning against violence, as we can see with the instrument made out of a calabash and wood, which cheer each other. It denounces this world that is tearing apart, these peoples that are dissolving like rupturing strings…
By Fatima Kyari Mohammed,
Jury Member 2014 | Executive Director, WACAS (West Africa Conflict and Security) Consulting