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The Invisible Scent of History

Katia Kameli: Untitled (2011)

009_07 / 29 January 2016


Katia Kameli,

Untitled, 2011

2 mins 28 secs


Filmed in Algiers during the Arab Spring, the narrative in this work by Katia Kameli refers to the situation of women in the Arab world while questioning the idea of revolution, offering a silent protest using posters that have no slogans.

About the author

Katia Kameli

Katia Kameli is a French-Algerian artist based in Paris. Kameli's work is closely linked to her personal experience of dual identities, exploring multiplicity and the 'in-between'. Through video, photography, installation and drawing, she investigates intercultural spaces, intersecting identities and their construction. Thus she positions herself as a hybrid, using a 'third space' to enables the emergence of other visions, forms and positions. This 'third space' questions historical accounts and can generate a critical stance that allows the rewriting of history and narratives.

In 2006 and 2011, Kameli directed and produced 'Bledi in Progress' and' Trans-Maghreb' video platforms for young filmmakers from Algeria, Marroco and Tunisia in Algiers.Her work has found an audience and gained recognition on the national and international artistic and cinematographic scene such as: Centre Georges Pompidou (2008), French Cinematheque (2008), Manifesta 8 (2010), Cornerhouse, Manshester (2011), Bamako Encounters (2011), Marrakech Biennale (2012), Dakar Biennale (2012), Lubumbashi Biennale (2013), Museum of Marseille (2013).