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Volta Photo: Starring Sanlé Sory and the People of Bobo-Dioulasso in the Small but Musically Mighty Country of Burkina Faso

Autoportrait au Miroir by Sory Sanlé (1966) Photograph: Sory Sanlé

Designed to resemble a cross between a photography studio and a record store, this multisensory exhibition brings together commercial studio photography and popular music from the former West African country of Upper Volta. Through this dynamic conjunction of image and sound, Volta Photo examines the postcolonial culture of an economically challenged but recently liberated country negotiating its local, regional, and international identities.

This immersive installation brings the complex culture of Burkina Faso's Upper Volta to life through more than 100 of Sanlé Sory’s photographs from the 1960s; objects from Volta Photo such as its signature backdrop, studio lights, and several props; digitized music from the era; and 45-rpm records.

Join us on April 26 for the public exhibition opening of Volta Photo: Starring Sanlé Sory and the People of Bobo-Dioulasso in the Small but Musically Mighty Country of Burkina Faso. Enjoy a cash bar, complimentary snacks, and West African records spun by Florent Mazzoleni.

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