Untitled is a new series of exhibitions at Tate Modern, dedicated to showcasing recent or new work by international artists not widely exhibited in the UK. Each series will focus on a particular theme or tendency in conte,porary art practice.
Mohamed Camara’s photographic works form the third in a series of eight-week displays exploring the theme of The Public World of the Private Space.
Born in Mali in 1985, Camara began taking photos of domestic interiors in the capital Bamako when he was given a camera at the age of sixteen. Discrete, humble and yet direct, these photographs offer an effective and genuine gaze on their creator’s country and its inhabitants.
These works are meticulously composed by colour, light and shadow. The astonishing formal invention and delicacy of Camara’s works slightly recall structures and motifs, such as curtains, lying and sleeping figures or windows, from twentieth-century artists like Pierre Bonnard and Henri Matisse.The daring frames and seeming directness of the shots also echo the techniques employed in photo journalism.
This thought-provoking Chambres Maliennes series is displayed alongside new works, including his first video, which have been especially created for the Untitled series.