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A Measure of Happiness

Mali in photographs by Milan Šarapatka

Sculptures and masks of Mali

Náprstek Museum in Prague
June 5 – July 27, 2008

The benefit auction in support for the school in Mali will take place at Naprstek Museum on the 4th of June at 7pm.

Mali is one of the poorest countries in the world. Throughout the year they are beset by terrible weather conditions such as three months of continuous rain that permits only three percent of the land to be cultivated. Despite miserable living conditions and poverty, the people radiate a carefree attitude and a joy of life. At least that’s what the camera caught as photographed by the Czech Ambassador to Algiers and Mali, Milan Šarapatka. The people, whom his photos have immortalized, are proof that living means more than possessing; and having possessions doesn’t necessarily bring happiness. Their expressions seem to challenge us to ask: what is the basis of happiness?

Part of the exhibit will include sculptures and masks of Mali.