Katia Kameli / À l’ombre de l’étoile et du croissant

September 22 25 November 2018

Katia Kameli’s solo exhibtion À l’ombre de l’étoile et du croissant looks at the contribution that images have made to history, at their political and cultural power, by exploring Algerian national history and it relation to France.

The work of this artist and filmmaker includes photography, film and installations, and is based on research in the fields of history and the social sciences.

Drawing upon various iconographic sources—local archives, postcards, images taken from history textbooks or from documentary films like those of activist filmmaker René Vautier—she endeavors to reveal the complexities and ambivalences of historical and cultural narratives, by embodying them in a plastic or poetic reflection.

At the CRP/, Katia Kameli is presenting new productions in the form of collages, photographs and video installations that echo the film work done for Le Roman Algérien, initiated in 2016. This video piece, conceived in three chapters, sensitively sheds light on a nation’s complex relationship with its history, and on the role that images play in constructing its national narrative and its archetypes.

Her work has achieved visibility and recognition on the national and international art and film scenes, and has been shown in solo exhibitions: Stream of Stories, Chapter 3 , CCA Glasgow (2017), What Language Do You Speak Stranger, The Mosaic Rooms, London (2016); Taymour Grahne Gallery, New York (2014). She has also taken part in several group exhibitions: Dak‘Art, L’heure Rouge, Biennale de Dakar (2018), Global Players, Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie, Mannheim (2017); Cher(e)s Ami(e)s, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2016); Made in Algeria, Mucem, Marseille (2016); Entry Prohibited to Foreigners, Havre Magasinet, Sweden (2015); Higher Atlas, Marrakech Biennale (2012).

Her works can be found in prestigious collections: Centre Pompidou, Centre National des Arts Plastiques, FRAC Hauts-de-France, FRAC Poitou-Charente, FRAC PACA.

She is represented by L’Agence à Paris.

He work will also soon be shown at Passerelle in Brest and at Les Ateliers.