Ibrahim Ballo
Lives & Works in Bamako, Mali
Through his art, Ibrahim Ballo highlights the voices and stories of those who are often ignored. His plastic approach is based on the weaving done by women in his community in the rural Sénoufo region of Mali. Carried within this approach are stories of circulation, migration, and appropriation; he creates a connection between those living on the African continent, and those in the diaspora. Through the use of cotton, Ballo subtly explores themes of racial oppression, marginalisation, and inequality.  Ballo obtained his Master's degree at the Balla Fasseké Kouyaté Conservatory in Bamako under the direction of Salia Malé and Abdoulaye Konaté in 2017. Shortly after, in 2020 he became a laureate of the Institut français residency program at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris and is also an active member of the Tim'arts and Sanou'art collectives in Bamako. In 2022, Ballo won the Segou'Art Festival Prize, and his work is part of several collections, including the OLYM Collection. Ibrahim Ballo will be presented by Galerie Carole Kvasnevski.
Ibrahim Ballo, Amour fantôme, 2022, Acrylic weaving and cotton embroidery on jeans, 120 x 100 cm. Courtesy of Galerie Carole Kvasnevski.

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