Moussa Kalapo (1983, Bamako) is a visual artist based in Bamako, Mali. He is primarily notable for his work in the fields of photography and video production, beside his blogging activities that aim at promoting ideas of social change through free-lance journalism, denouncement of unjust power structures, and documentary images.
Kalapo received a degree in accounting and computer studies from the Vocational Institutes of Sikasso and Bamako. Afterwards, he enrolled in 2010 at the Photography Training Centre (Centre de formation en photographie – CFP) in Bamako. This allowed him to develop his image-making skills and expand his knowledge about photography, which has been fascinating him for years. In 2011 he earned his Diploma in Conceptual and Documentary Photography from the CFP. Besides, as an intern for the Mali-Photo Project for Preservation and Archiving of Photographic Negatives he has been directly exposed to the heritage of famous African photographers (such as Malick Sidibe, Abderahmane Sakaly, Adama Kouyaté and Tijani Àdìgún Sitou). He is a co-founder and active member of the association Collectif images conceptuelles. His work makes part of the largest global image bank (Getty Images).
He has also been selected for Telling Time, the Pan-African Exhibition of the 10th Edition of the Bamako Encounters ‐ The African Biennale of Photography (curated by Bisi Silva, Centre for Contemporary Art – Lagos), that will feature his most recent project – Bamako quoi de neuf – about an impoverished neighbourhood of the Malian capital, on the edge of hope.