Douraïd Souissi discovered photography as an art form in the United States where he graduated with a bachelor’s in international finance and a master’s in philosophy. While slowly developing his compositional and technical skills, using mostly black and white film, he got interested in the works of Harry Callahan, Edward Weston and Ansel Adams, which he admired not only for their rigor and simplicity but also for their effective use of the medium’s ability to observe the world more closely and offer radical new ways to reinterpret it.
Moving back to his native Tunisia, he quickly found himself solicited to shoot portraits and promotional assignments allowing him to further perfect his craft, especially the use of light in and outside of the studio, while meeting and collaborating with many of the country’s young artists, designers and other creative talents.
In the past few years, he set out to explore Tunisia’s less traveled and often forgotten regions producing series of images in Kef, Siliana, Kerkennah, Qayrawan and reflecting on the artistic value and potential of visual representation and the landscape tradition from Renaissance paintings to the New Topographics and beyond. Recently, he started working on a series of portraits that depict ordinary Tunisian men looking down with their backs turned to the camera while surrounded by an unusually large and empty dark space.
His work has been featured in numerous publications and exhibitions across Tunisia as well as other countries in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Qr’n, produced in 2015 and exhibited at the Tunis-based Galerie AGorgi and subsequently Talan, attests to his increasing openness and desire to explore and experiment with photography’s infinite possibilities, which extend far beyond its craft.
Espace Mille Feuilles, La Marsa, Tunisia – May 2014
Centre des Arts Dramatiques et Scéniques du Kef, Tunisia – March 2014
Espace Aire Libre d’el Teatro, Tunis, Tunisia – November 2006
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
3ajel / Le Temps Réel
L’expo Talan, Charguia, Tunisia – May 2016
Views of Tunisia
La Maison de l’Image, Tunis, Tunisia – February 2016
Le Projet Kairouan
Palais Abdelliya, La Marsa, Tunisia – December 2015
The Kairouan Heritage Center, Tunisia – November 2015
Ghaya Gallery, Sidi Bou Saïd, Tunisia – June 2015
L’expo Talan, Charguia, Tunisia – May 2015
Galerie AGorgi, Sidi Bou Saïd, Tunisia – March 2015
Douz Doc Days Film Festival, Douz, Tunisia – October 2014
Maison de Tunisie, Paris, France – June 2014
Biennale de l’Art Africain Contemporain
Dakar, Senegal – May 2014
Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie de Ghar el Melh
Tunisia –2007, 2009, 2014
Arles, France – July 2013