Based between Marrakech and London, Black Shade Projects focuses on photography and photo-based work documenting visual culture from Africa and the diaspora. Pursuing further research into the complexities of the art world discourses which constitute West African photography, the platform aspires to grant visibility and simultaneously illustrate the various nuances, moreover contingencies of Mali’s tenaciously visual language expressions. Through future collaborations, BSP intends to present a wider conversation of Mali’s golden era of photography,and its articulations

beyond that of the notable namesof Seydou Keïta and Malick Sidibé. In addition to preserving the archives of veterans of studio photography, the namely Abdourahmane Sakaly and Adama Kouyaté, the platforms ongoing function is to address and encourage an extended conversation, with the ambition to widen and diversify art collections as well as canons which at present inform a said conversation. Black Shade Projects is dedicated to championing previously silenced and overlooked African artists, as well as supporting emerging talent.

Myriem Baadi is the founder and creative director of Black Shade Projects. Before founding BSP, Baadi worked as an art advisor and curator specialising in art form across the African diaspora. She received a Masters in Art Law & Business at Christies Education, London in 2017, following her graduation from Central Saint Martins Colege of Art and Design, London in 2009.