via Artnet News, 05/15/07 :
GOLDEN LION TO SIDIBÉ
Malian photographer Malick Sidibé, 72, is to be awarded the Golden Lion at this year’s Venice Biennale. In recognizing the artist, known for his portraits of life in Mali’s capital, Bamako, Biennale curator Robert Storr writes that "no African artist has done more to enhance photography’s stature in the region, contribute to its history, enrich its image archive or increase our awareness of the textures and transformations of African culture in the second half of the twentieth century and the beginning of the twenty-first than Malick Sidibé." Visitors to the venerable artfest have a chance to appreciate his work, in the form of a special series of photos Sidibé took of Malian contestants in an AIDS-awareness pageant.