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Portrait of Mariam Issoufou Kamara

Since founding Atelier Masōmī in 2014, Mariam Issoufou Kamara has brought contextually sensitive and formally elegant architecture — like the Hikma Community Complex (designed with Yasaman Esmaili) and the Dandaji Regional Market — to her native Niger. In May, Le Korsa and the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation announced her as the designer of Bët-bi, a museum and community centre slated to open in 2025 near the historic Senegalese town of Kaolack. Featuring a ground-level public space above a series of subterranean galleries, the museum has two admirable goals: to repatriate African art from Western museums and to create a platform for the flourishing arts scene in West Africa and throughout the continent. We spoke with Kamara to learn...

5 Things We Learned from Mariam Issoufou Kamara

Niger-based architect Mariam Issoufou Kamara, recently commissioned to design the Bët-bi museum and community centre in Senegal, discusses finding inspiration in a site’s roots and spiritual legacy.

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