Drawing together both new and recent work, Katia Kameli’s exhibition takes the audience on a journey exploring the power of storytelling, historical authenticity and national identity. The films and installation presented at The Mosaic Rooms showcase some of the artist’s central concerns: issues of dual identity, multiplicity, and the potential for residing in an ‘in-between’ space. The exhibition is staged at a time when such questions of selfhood, history and nation are particularly resonant.
Katia Kameli is a French-Algerian artist, born in 1973 in France. Through video, photograph, installation and print, she investigates intercultural spaces, intersecting identities and their construction. Her work has gained recognition on the international artistic and cinematographic scene.
Her most recent solo-exhibitions include: Futur, Artconnexion, Lille (2016); Taymour Grahne Gallery, New York (2014); 7 Acts of Love in 7 Days of Boredom, Transpalette, Bourges (2012); Duty Free, Videochroniques, Marseille (2012). She participated in numerous groups shows that include: Made in Algeria, MuCEM, Marseille (2016); Mare Nostrum, Prospectif Cine?ma, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2015); Entry prohibited to foreigners, Havre Magasinet, Boden, Sweden (2015); Where we’re at, Bozar, Bruxelles (2014); Lubumbashi Biennale, Congo (2013); Pour un Monde Durable, Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisboa (2013); Le Pont, Museum of Contemporary Art, Marseille (2013); Dak’art, Dakar Biennale (2012); Higher Atlas, Marrakech Biennale (2012); Bamako Biennale, Mali (2011).
Simon Njami is a writer and an independent curator, lecturer, art critic and essayist. He has published his first novel “Cercueil et Cie” in 1985, followed by “Les Enfants de la Cité” in 1987, “Les Clandestins” and “African Gigolo” in 1989, notably. He wrote two biographies, about James Baldwin and Léopold Sédar Senghor, several short texts, scripts for cinema and documentary films. Njami is the co-founder of Revue Noire, a journal of contemporary African and extra-occidental art, and he was Visiting Professor at UCSD (University of San Diego California).