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Wolfson Gallery exhibition - Malian Landscapes of Freedom – Escaping Slavery in Kayes

Bouyagui, Mali, 2010 by Fanny Challier

Date: 24 February 2014Time: 9:00 AM

Finishes: 28 March 2014Time: 11:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Library - Wolfson Gallery

Type of Event: Exhibition

Documenting Slavery and Emancipation in Kayes

African slavery was officially abolished in Mali by the French colonial authorities in 1905, but effective emancipation of formerly enslaved people was a lengthy process, the repercussions of which were still felt long after Mali’s independence in 1960.

The exhibition presents photographs of archival documents testifying to the history of slavery and emancipation in Kayes (Mali), as well as photographs by French visual artist Fanny Challier of the present-day village of Bouyagui, which was created in 1914 by populations escaping slavery.

The exhibition accompanies the documentary film ‘The Diambourou: Slavery and Emancipation in Kayes – Mali’ (2014) directed by Dr Marie Rodet (SOAS), which tells the story of those communities escaping slavery in the region of Kayes in the first half of the twentieth century.

For more info about the film, please contact Dr Marie Rodet ( or subscribe to the mailing list:

Exhibition organized with the support of the Centre of African Studies at SOAS and the Royal African Society.

Available during Library opening hours.