Héla Ammar

A contre-jour (Backlight)

In Photography, there is backlighting when the light hits the subject from the opposite side of the direction in which we are looking, thus, the characteristics of the subject disappear in favor of its surroundings.

It is through this factual lighting that the history of a large part of our youth begins. This semi obscurity, where the subject disappears in favor of the violence and the insecurity of his/her background, should nevertheless fade for another light; the one that each of these young people carries in him as an individual.


Creations / Parcours

Parcours : vert
Genre : Visual arts
Dates and times : 4th to 8th October from 1pm to 6om
Duration : -
Place : Auberge Zitouna
©Héla Ammar
©Héla Ammar

Héla Ammar (Tunis)

Born in Tunis in June 1969, Héla Ammar is a Tunisian based visual artist. Her photographic work puts the notions of memory and identity into question, beyond the references and the social, political and religious conventions.
Being the co-author of a survey on the death penalty in Tunisia (2013), she has recently published a photo-book and developed a set of sound and visual material depicting for the first time Tunisian prisons. A selection of her photographs are now part of the British Museum’s permanent collection.

Her works were presented at several biennials and international exhibitions such as Réenchantement, Dak’art, Biennial of Dakar (Senegal 2016), les Rencontres internationales de la photo de Fès (International Photo Encounters of Fés) (Morocco 2015), Something Else, off Biennial Cairo (Egypt 2015), Telling Time, 10th photographic Encounters of Bamako, Biennial of Bamako (Mali 2015), Traces, Fragments of a Contemporary Tunisia, MuCem Marseille (France 2015), the 27th Video Moments, Digital and Poetic Festival, Marseille (France 2014), World Nomads (New York City 2013), Photographic Encounters of Arles, Neighborhoods of Africa, Arles (France 2013), Dream City, Art Biennial in public space (Tunis 2012 and 2010).


Avec le soutien du Ministère des Affaires Culturelles, de Heinrich Böll Stiftung, de la Fondation Kamel Lazaar.
Partenaire technique : SYBEL Light & Sound
La résidence artistique de cette artiste a été soutenue par la Fondation DROSOS dans le cadre du projet “Fabrique artistique d’espaces populaires”.



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