Sanlé Sory’s photograph Je Vais Décoller (1977) was featured in the Victoria & Albert Museum’s exhibition Africa Fashion this summer. Spanning nearly a century, the exhibition explored Africa’s fashion scene through more than 250 objects on display, including photographs, textiles, and music. Sory’s work, including Je Vais Décoller, captures the unique fashions of post-colonial Burkina Faso’s youth culture. To learn more, please visit the museum website.
London designer Grace Wales Bonner drew on mid-century Burkina Faso and the portraiture of Sanlé Sory for her Spring-Summer 2022 collection. Bonner, a British-born designer of Jamaican descent, is known for fashion collections based on in-depth research on African diaspora and Black identity. To read more about how Sory's work influenced Bonner's work, please see her interview on CNN.
Sanlé Sory's Les Gentlemen de Cocody (1978) was featured by writer Tim Adams in the Guardian’s weekly photography column, “The Big Picture.” To read the full review, please see the Guardian website.
Studio photographs by Sanlé Sory were on view in Shape of Light: Defining Photographs from the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY, from September 20 - December 15, 2019. As the Center’s first exhibition dedicated to its photographic collection, Shape of Light celebrated the diverse history, innovation, and medium of the photographic works in the show. For more information, please visit the Loeb Art Center website.
Portrait photographs by Sanlé Sory were featured in Studio Africain at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie (MEP) in Paris, France, from September 11 – November 17, 2019. Studio Africain explored the practice of four West African photographers whose work established the identity of African communities in a post-colonial, independent era. Other featured artists include Seydou Keïta, Abdourahmane Sakaly, and Malick Sidibé. For more information, please visit the MEP website [French].
New York Times critic Will Heinrich described how “you could spend all day” looking at “a sensational roundup of West African portrait photography from its golden age in the pre-independence 1950s to the present.” To read the full article, please visit the New York Times website.
The New Yorker contributor Nicolas Niarchos traveled to Burkina Faso to meet Sanlé Sory after seeing the artist's first exhibition at Yossi Milo Gallery in Spring 2018. To read the full story, please visit the The New Yorker website.
Photographs by Sanlé Sory were featured in Collective Recollection, on view at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum in Providence, RI, from July 26, 2018 – January 19, 2019. This exhibition included nearly 60 artworks that challenge viewers to question who has the ability to represent identity within photographs throughout history. Other featured artists includes Susan Meiselas, Gordon Parks, and Aaron Siskind. For more information, please visit the Museum’s website.
New York Times writer Martha Schwendener reviewed ‘Volta Photo’, describing how “gathered together in this impressive show”, Sanlé Sory’s portraits represent “the optimism and energy of youth, but also a new, hopeful nation.” To read the full article, please visit the The New York Times website.
In celebration of Sanlé Sory’s debut gallery exhibition, Yossi Milo Gallery and Tezeta are proud to announce the publication of Volta Photo, a limited edition catalog of Sory’s iconic studio portraiture dating from the 1960s – 80s. Featuring never before seen images curated from the photographer’s archive of vintage negatives, Volta Photo is produced in a limited run of 500 copies. A special edition of 100 within the overall set includes a signed and numbered gelatin silver print. For more information, please visit the Publications page.
In a preview of the artist's first United States exhibition, Chris Bonanos reviewed Sanlé Sory in New York Magazine. To read the full article, please visit the New York Magazine website.
A comprehensive, multi-sensory solo exhibition featuring over 100 photographs by Sanlé Sory was on view at Art Institute Chicago from April 27 through August 19, 2018. In addition to photographs, Volta Photo: Starring Sanlé Sory and the People of Bobo-Dioulasso in the Small but Musically Mighty Country of Burkina Faso included props and backdrops from the artist’s Bobo-Dioulasso studio, and the music of his West African collaborators. A catalog of the exhibition will be published by Steidl and will include a compilation album. For more information, please visit the Art Institute website.
Yossi Milo Gallery participated in the New York edition of 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, taking place at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, NY, from May 4 - 6, 2018. The Gallery presented the work of Nathalie Boutté, Pieter Hugo, Kyle Meyer and Sanlé Sory. For more information, please visit the 1-54 website.