A Pioneer Malian Painter
January 30, 2014 through March 10, 2014
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Sow's artistic participation in Mali’s efforts to unify a culturally and racially diverse population into a single voice polity are reflected in his choice of subjects. His focus was primarily on the diversity of Mali’s landscapes and its peoples, and on both ancient and modern architectural structures. In choosing these subjects, Sow was using his brush as a means of participating in Mali’s nation building and socialist discourses. His paintings reveal that he was ever conscious that he was an integral part of a rapidly changing society.