Douraïd Souissi

Biography

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.

Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

Mohamed, Salem, Omrane, Hbib, Hsouna, Alaa, Farid, Hamza, Mehdi, Oussama, Kamel

AGorgi gallery, Sidi bou Saïd, Tunisia – April 2017

Kef
Espace Mille Feuilles, La Marsa, Tunisia – May 2014
Centre des Arts Dramatiques et Scéniques du Kef, Tunisia – March 2014

Drops
El Teatro gallery, Tunis, Tunisia – November 2006

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

Instants

Photos Arab World Institute, Paris, France – Sept. 2019 to Jan. 2020

Taswir

Arab Contemporary Photography Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo, Brazil – March to May 2019

Instantanés du [prétendu] Orient

Boghossian Foundation/Villa Empain, Brussels, Belgium – Jan. to Feb. 2018

AKAA Also Known As Africa, Contemporary Art & Design Fair

AGorgi gallery, Carreau du Temple, Paris, France – November 2017

Biennial of Photography in the Contemporary Arab World

Arab World Institute, Paris, France – Sept. to Nov. 2017

Festival International des Arts, de la Jeunesse et de la Cité au Nord-Ouest Siliana

Cultural Complex, Siliana, Tunisia – March 2017

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair

AGorgi gallery, Somerset House, London, UK – October 2016

Festival des Récits de la Mer

International Cultural Center of Hammamet, Tunisia – September 2016

& Palais du Festival, Haouaria, Tunisia – September 2016

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

Solid’Art
Ghaya Gallery, Sidi Bou Saïd, Tunisia – June 2015

Reminiscences
L’expo Talan, Charguia, Tunisia – May 2015

Inanimés
Galerie AGorgi, Sidi Bou Saïd, Tunisia – March 2015

Sub Sahara
Douz Doc Days Film Festival, Douz, Tunisia – October 2014

Monochrome
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

Voies Off
Arles, France – July 2013