Born in june 1969 in Tunis, Héla Ammar is a visual artist, PHD graduate in law. Her photographs and installations question the notion of identity by challenging the conventional social, political and religious references.
Since 2003, Héla took part in numerous solo and group shows in Tunisia and abroad Her work has been showcased in various international biennials and art fairs including, « Fragments d’une Tunisie contemporaine », MuCem Marseille 2015, Bamako Encounters (2015), Dak’art Biennial, (2014), World Nomads New York (2013), Les rencontres photographiques d’Arles (2013), Dream City (Tunisia) 2010 and 2012, Marrakech Art Fair 2010, ArtDubai 2008, ArtParis-AbuDhabi 2007.
Author of « Corridors » (2015), a photo book on tunisian prisons, and co-author of “Siliana Syndrome” (2013), a survey on death row in Tunisia, she recently developed a whole artwork around the prison environment.
So far, her work has been the subject to many articles and comments in Tunisian and foreign publications. Her last work has been featured on ‘Dissonant Archives: Contemporary Visual Culture and Contested Narratives in the Middle East’ coproduced by Ibraaz and Kamel Lazaar Foundation.
Sophia took up photography at a very young age. At 18 she moved to Paris and joined Spéos – The International School of Photography – then did an internship at the Magnum agency, where she soon turned to photo essay.
Back to Tunis in 2005, Sophia pursued her work in photography through the creation and production of diverse projects and workshops, such as “F… Respectful”, a meeting of the free thinkers of the Arab and Mediterranean world, and also participated in many exhibitions.
In 2010, she spent two months in Berkeley (California), where she worked on the project “Do not donuts in the country…” a mockery of many taboos in American society. When she returned to Tunis in September 2010, on the eve of the January 2011 popular uprising, she embarked on the cover of the Tunisian revolution, and her pictures where published in the international press and on several websites. When the revolt broke out in Libya, Sophia traveled to the Tunisian-Libyan border of Ras Jedir to cover the refugee exodus.
In March 2011, she was recruited for French photographer JR’s project “Artocratie: Inside-Out”. Sophia works around various themes, but always with the idea of documenting a story. To name but a few of the projects she has worked on, the series “Teenage Mothers” was undertaken in Uganda, and “Les Faire Ailleurs” (a French play on words between “The Making Elsewhere” and “scarp dealer”), which tells the story of Western waste stranded in North Africa. The latter was selected in 2011 by the African Biennial of Photography in Bamako (Mali).
In 2013 she’s selected for the second round of Reporting Change workshop to push promising photographers in Mena region made by World Press Photo and selected for the Noor Photography Master Class.
She’s also taking part as a Jury grand member for the “India Africa: Sharing future” A multidisciplinary contest series, in the areas of Business Plans, Essay Writing, Photography and Poster Design, to creates a space for talented young Indians and Africans to exchange ideas about emergent realities.
Alternately working on a documentary series about young Tunisians about thirty years old who find themselves torn between dreams, hopes and despairs. Living in permanent conflict of a not successfully revolution.
Trained in dance by leading Tunisian choreographers, Rochdi BELGASMI, originally from Sousse, currently lives in Tunis but works all over the world, Keen on dance, since his first steps, Rochdi BELGASMI did everything to realize his dream despite a very social environment steeped in tradition and he became a figure of The Tunisian contemporary dance. Since his meeting with the great figure of the Tunisian folk dance Khira Oubeidallah , Rochdi Belgasmi seems crazy to find the diagonal between local dances and contemporary dance. His choreographic work has led him to travel the world and occur in several dance festivals. Choreographies of him: Trance, haunted body 2011, Tawassine 2012 (directed by Hafedh KHALIFA), Zoufri 2013, Striptease 2013 (directed by Moez MRABET), Al Mansia 2014 (directed by Lassaad BEN ABDALLAH); Wa Idha Aassaytom 2014, Air Braisé 2015 (directed by Lotfi AKERMI) El Zaglama 2015 (directed by Lassaad BEN ABDALLAH) Glaise 2015 (directed by Habiba JENDOUBI).
Photo © Ahmed Thabet
Noutayel is born in Carthage in 1971, his journey is nothing if not atypical. He studied International Relations at the « Lycée francais » of Tunis – which he dropped off to rush off to the « Université Polytechnique » in the Ukraine. He graduated to be an industrial electronics and robotics engineer. Noutayel is a poet who needs to escape the “real world” to let his imagination run wild. Upon his return to Tunisia he spends most of is time creating characters of an imaginary world – each with a soul. They stare at one another expressing their feelings; they ask questions about each other and about themselves, they look at us, without understanding us. Little manifold pieces, unique, made of nothing and of everything whose only calling is to find those who can see them and who will make of them life-long buddies. Noutayel exhibits everywhere in Tunis and abroad, in art fairs and in well-known cultural centers and gallery.
MOUNA JMAL SIALA
Born in 1973 in Paris, lives and works in Tunis. A multidisciplinary artist, Mouna is holder of a PhD Thesis in Arts and Arts’ Sciences from Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne University Since 1998, she has taught plastic arts at the high institute of Fine-Arts of Tunis. She has won many national and international prizes. She has participated since 1993 in many group exhibitions in France, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Alger, Bamako, Dakar (prize of the minister of culture at Dak’Art 2010), Geneva, Casablanca, Kolkata, Los Angeles.
SABRI BEN MLOUKAS
« If life is a journey, these are the souvenirs I’m taking home. Every city, every road, every feeling, every adventure. Every woman. All through my lense are mine forever, and yours to share with me. Just pack your bags love, I’m taking you on a trip. »
MAI 2015 / La maison de la plage – Tunis
MAI 2014 / La maison de la plage – Tunis