Bio

b. Nianiagara, Burkina Faso, 1943

Solo Exhibitions

2018

Volta Photo: Starring Sanlé Sory and the People of Bobo-Dioulasso in the Small but Musically Mighty Country of Burkina Faso, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Volta Photo, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, NY

2017

Sory Sanlé: Volta Photo 1965-85, Morton Hill Gallery, London, UK

“L’âge d’or de la photographie voltaïque. Nouveau regard sur les indépendances.” Institut francais du Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou and Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso

Sory Sanlé, Institut francais de Casablanca, Morocco 2016

2016

Sory Sanlé, Galerie 127, Marrakesh, Morocco

Group Exhibitions

2018

Collective Recollection, RISD Museum, Providence, RI

2017

Autophoto, Fondation Cartier, Paris, France

Africa Pop Carte Blanche, Rencontres d’Arles Festival, Arles, France [screening]

2016

Femmes d’Afrique – Regards Croisés, Musée Africain, Lyon, France

2015

2015 Folk art africain ?, FRAC Aquitaine, Bordeaux, France

A la rencontre de la photographie africaine, Médiathèque de Mérignac, France

2008

La Condition des Soies, Lyon, France

1998

National Museum for African Art, Washington, DC

Städtischen Museum, Munich, Germany

Permanent Collections

Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY

Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, Minnesota

North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC

Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence, RI

Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY

Bibliography

2018

Moroz, Sarah. “Sory Sanlé Captured the Eclectic Youth Culture of Newly Free Burkina Faso.” i-D 2 October 2018

Niarchos, Nicolas. “When Burkina Faso Vibrated with a New Culture.” The New Yorker 16 September 2018

Woodward, Richard B. “Sanlé Sory, Volta Photo @YossiMilo.” Collector Daily 5 June 2018

Schwendener, Martha. “What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week.” The New York Times 31 May 2018

“Reimagining Sanlé Sory’s Portrait Studio.” Photo District News 7 May 2018

Macdonald, Fleur. “ Sanlé Sory’s joyful photographs of Burkina Faso in the 1970s.” The Economist 4 May 2018

Anania, Billy. “Exhibition Review: Sanlé Sory: Volta Photo.” Musée 4 May 2018

Dykstra, Jean. “Portfolio: Sanlé Sory.” Photograph May 2018

Adesina, Precious. “Snapshot: ‘Volta Photo’ by Sory Sanlé.” Financial Times 27 April 2018

Abani, Chris. “The Postcolonial Moment.” New Republic May 2018

Bonanos, Christopher. “The Story of Sory.” New York Magazine 16-29 April 2018

Sory, Sanlé. Studio Volta Photo, Yossi Milo Gallery and Tezeta, 2018 [book]

Sory, Sanlé. Volta Photo: Starring Sanlé Sory and the Good People of Bobo-Dioulasso in the Small but Musically Mighty African Country of Burkina Faso, Steidl: Göttingen, 2018 [book]

Jansen, Charlotte. “T-Shirts by Sanlé Sory.” Elephant 18 March 2018

Knoblauch, Loring. “Photography Highlights from the 2018 Armory Show.” Collector Daily 9 March 2018

“Agenda: Exhibitions to See.” Aperture Spring 2018

Clewley, John. “Rediscovering an African Legend.” <cite<Bangkok Post 16 January 2018

2017

Kleih, Helene. “Sory Sanlé.” Coeval, 9 December 2017

Siddons, Edward. “"Sory Sanlé's best photograph: the studio where dreams came true."” The Guardian, 18 October 2017

Harding, Michael-Oliver. “'The unsung hero who captured West Africa’s rebels & Dreamers.'” Dazed, 26 September 2017

Stone, Bryony. “'Sory Sanlé: the photographer that time forgot.'” It’s Nice That, 29 August 2017

Feder, Vanessa. “Sory Sanlé’s Stunning Black and White Portraits Put Burkina Faso on the Map.” Unrated, 29 August 2017

Woodward, Daisy. “Photos Capturing the Youth Culture of 70s Burkina Faso.” Another Man, August 2017

Sanlé, Sory. Sory Sanlé: Volta Photo 1965-85, Reel Art Press/Morton Hill: London, 2017 [book]

“Reel Art Press publishes new book of photographic work by Sory Sanlé.” Art Daily, 19 August 2017

“'Photographing cars: ‘Autophoto’ exhibition at Cartier Foundation.'” Urban MishMash, 10 August 2017

“Una mostra di fotografi e motori.” Il Post, 20 July 2017

Etchebers-Sola, Lucie. “'‘Autophoto’ : l’amour sur la banquette arrière.'” Creators VICE, 17 May 2017

Forster, Siegfried. “’Autophoto’, une liaison artistique exposée à la Fondation Cartier.” RF, 20 April 2017

Pontecorvo, Adriane. “'Bobo Yéyé: Belle Epoque in Upper Volta.'” Popmatters, 13 January 2017

Nait Youssef, Mohamed. “Sory Sanlé, regard réfléchi sur tradition et modernité en Afrique.” Al Bayane, 4 January 2017

Shakur, Fayemi. “A Witness to Youth Culture in Burkina Faso.” The New York Times, 9 January 2017

2016

Beta, Andy. “'Bobo Yéyé: Belle Epoque in Upper Volta.'” Pitchfork, 10 December 2016

Sanlé, Sory. “'Bobo Yéyé: Belle Epoque in Upper Volta.'” Numero Group, 2016 [book]

“'The Musical Titans of 1970s Burkina Faso Are Compiled in ‘Bobo Yéyé: Belle Epoque in Upper Volta’.'” Okay Africa, 8 March 2016

“Sory Sanlé and the Studio Volta Photo.” The Eye of Photography, 29 December 2016

2015

Kodjo-Grandvaux, Séverine. “Burkina-Photographie ; Sory Sanlé, l’œil des années yéyé à Bobo.” Jeune Afrique, 3 November 2015