Hela Ammar

Born 1969 in Tunis - Lives and works in Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia

Biography

Hela Ammar is a Tunisian based visual artist. In addition to her training in visual art, she holds a Phd in Law. Her photographs and installations address the stakes of memory. Identity and marginal communities are reccurent themes in her work.

Author of « Corridors » (2014), a photo book on tunisian prisons, and co-author of «Siliana Syndrome» (2013), a survey on death row in Tunisia, she developed a wholeartwork around the prison environment.

A selection of her photographs and installations is part of the permanent collection of the British Museum (London), the Arab World Institute (Paris), the A.Slaoui Foundation’s Museum (Casablanca) …

Her work has been showcased in various international biennals and exhibitions such as The refugee week, featured by Shubbak Festival at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Beyond borders at the Boghossian Foundation, Mara’ina at the King Abdulaziz Center of Art and Culture, World Nomads New York, Dream City…

Exhibitions

2020

Investec Art Fair, Cape Town – South Africa

2019

Becoming project, Shubbak Festival, London – UK

Mara’ina, King Abdulaziz Center for Art and Culture, Ithra – Saudi Arabia

2018

Refugee week UK, V&A Museum, London – UK

Biennal of Casablanca, Curated by Christine Eyene – Marroco

Addid Foto Fest, Addis Ababa – Ethiopia

Of traps and tropes, Curated by John Fleetwood, Kerkennah#01Photo festiva – Tunisia

Beyond Borders, Curated by Delphine Munro and Michket Krifa, Villa Empain, Boghossian Foundation, Brussels – Belgium

In your mind, Curated by Olfa Feki, H Gallery, Paris – France

Africa is no Island, Curated by Sonia Recasens, Centre d’art contemporain, Annemasse – France

L’Orient Fantasmé, Curated by Laura Selmani, Musée de la Fondation Slaoui, Casablanca – Morroco

2017

Dal-­Bahar Madwarha, The island is what the sea surrounds, Curated by Maren Richter, La Valletta – Malta

Biennale des photographes du monde arabe contemporain, Curated by Olfa Feki, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris – France

Dream City, Biennale d’art en espace public, Tunis – Tunisia

Afrotopia, Bamako Photography Encounters, Curated By Maie-Ann Yemsi

A Fleur de peau, Ghaya Gallery – Tunisia

Ailleurs est ce rêve proche, Curated by Sonia Recasens, centre d’art contemporain, Annemasse – France

Multitudes Exhibition, Curated by Joud El Halawany, Art Canteens, London – UK   

2016

Addis Foto Fest, Addis Abeba – Ethiopia

Dak’Art, Réenchantements, Curated by Simon Njami – Sénégal

SomethingElse, Off Cairo Biennal – Egypt

Moove the lines, Le violon Bleu Gallery – Tunisia

Les septs démons, Curated by Sonia Recasens, Centre d’art contemporain, Bourg-en-Bresse – France

Oltre il velo, Fotezza Nuova, Livorno – Italy

2015

Tellingtime, Bamako Photography Encounters, Curated by Olabisi Silva – Mali

Festival de la photo de Fez, Curated by Jeanne Mercier – Morocco

Traces; Fragments d’une Tnisie contemporaine, Curated by Thierry Fabre and Sana Tamzini, MUCEM, Marseille – France

2014

27èmes Instants vidéo Poétive, La Friche la belle de mai, Marseille – France

Dak’Art, Monochrome – Sénégal

Tarz (Embroidery), Le violon Bleu Gallery, Sidi Bou Saïd – Tunisia

Monochrome, regard sur la création contemporaine en Tunisie, Fondation de la maison de Tunisie, Paris – France

2013

Les rencontes photographiques d’Arles, Quartier d’Afrique, Views of Tunisia, Arles – France

World Nomads, After the revolution, FIAF Gallery, New York – USA

2012

The harassement exhibition, Darb centre, Cairo – Egypt

Frontières, B’chira Art Center – Tunisia

Dreal city, Biennal of contemporary Art, Tunis and Sfax – Tunisia

Bamako Photography Encounters, Curated by Michket Krifa – Mali

Printemps des Arts, Tunis – Tunisia

2011

Festival des Droits Humains et des Cultures du Monde, Lahay-la-rose – France

Artocracy/Inside-Out Tunisia, JR Project – Tunisia

No sky, No earth, Curatorial project Alina Dalva, Dar Mima, Gammarth

La part du corps, Curated by Rachida Triki, Palais Kheireddine Musée de la ville de Tunis

2010

Dream city, Biennal of Contemporary Art, Tunis – Tunisia

Inter-dit, El Marsa Gallery, La Marsa – Tunisia

2009

Sur les traces de la peinture contemporaine, Galerie El Marsa – Tunisia

2007

El Marsa Gallery, La Marsa – Tunisia

2006

Salon International d’Art contemporain, Grenoble – France

Kenais Gallery, La Marsa – Tunisia

2005

Rencontres d’Art contemporain, Genève – Switzerland

El Marsa Gallery, La Marsa – Tunisia

2003

Milles Feuilles Gallery, La Marsa – Tunisia