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Elena Malagodi Dies at 84; Dedicated Her Last Years to Senegal

Elena Malagodi Dies at 84; Dedicated Her Last Years to Senegal
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Elena Malagodi Dies at 84; Dedicated Her Last Years to Senegal

Elena Malagodi Dies at 84; Dedicated Her Last Years to Senegal

She hobnobbed in Paris with cultural luminaries like Mikhail Baryshnikov and Isaiah Berlin and arranged exhibitions for her husband, in addition to for Henri Cartier-Bresson, Ercole Monti, Niki de Saint Phalle, and Alberto and Diego Giacometti. She had 4 youngsters, all of whom grew to become artists.

She and Mr. Cárdenas divorced after 15 years. She married Giovanni Malagodi, who had been president of the Italian Senate, in 1988, after his spouse died. Mr. Malagodi died three years later.

Amongst her survivors are Luigi Di Giamberardino, her longtime companion, a neurobiologist, with whom she ran her organizations in Senegal (he additionally had Covid-19, however recovered); her sons from her first marriage, André Bouba, Timor and Solano Cárdenas; and plenty of grandchildren. One other son, Arlen Cárdenas, died final yr.

Ms. Malagodi stated that she started visiting Africa commonly after Mr. Malagodi died as a method to assist overcome her loss, however that “my grief was nothing in contrast to what I noticed” — poverty, sickness, illiteracy, and non secular and ethnic battle. She was significantly distressed by the sight of a legless boy on horseback on the seashore. And that, she stated, was why she saved coming again to assist.

On her journeys, she stated, she would all the time search out an previous marabout, a Muslim holy trainer, who would give her a ritual bathtub, into which he spat.

She would really feel reborn, she stated within the La Repubblica interview: “It’s as if Marabout can learn my ideas. He says, ‘You’re the solely white lady who all the time returns.’ It’s true. If Africa wants us, I additionally want this land.”

Elisabetta Povoledo contributed reporting from Rome.

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