By Jessica Dawson
Saturday, February 18, 2006; Page C02
"Mali, Beyond Timbuktu" is a mixed bag of a group show featuring black-and-white photographs by native Malians as well as foreign-born artists. Though Mali counts itself among the world's poorest nations, these tourist-grade pictures favor cheerier views of the workaday activities of an agrarian land, such as livestock markets and onion harvests, or pretty images of sunbaked mosques. Former Peace Corps volunteer Shawn Davis, on assignment in Mali to teach photography to teens, turned out some lovely pictures that reek of nostalgia. If only he'd shown his students' work instead.
"Mali, Beyond Timbuktu" at International Visions, 2629 Connecticut Ave. NW, Wednesday-Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m., to Feb. 25. Call 202-234-5112 or visit http://www.inter-visions.com.
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