Raliatou Tam Sir Niane Cochery
Born in 1962 in Conakry, Guinea, Fifi TAM SIR grew up in Dakar where her family was exiled because of the tyranny of Sekou Touré. Paris, where she established in 1982, is the place where she developed her awareness of the emancipative power of artistic creation thanks to a series of inspiring collaborations with Jean Rouch, Jean-Claude Carrière and Peter Brook. Actress (The Mahabharata), film maker (Bac ou Mariage), she came back to Guinea where she opened Le Petit Musée in 1998, a unique and independent contemporary art center, supported both by french and american embassies. There, Fifi Tam Sir developed her multifaceted talents as director, painter, protector of cultural traditions, alongside her continuous support to women’s rights. She was invited in 2002 by Myriam Makeba to the MADESA, a special workshop bringing together creative women of west and south Africa.
From 2013 to 2017, Fifi Tam Sir has launched and developed four éditions of the TPAC. An original initiative for the Safeguarding and Protection of the Cultural and Natural Patrimony of Guinea, and the 1st national competition in art and handcraft work .