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aria is a residency programme founded by artist Zineb Sedira in 2011. It aims at building cross-border dialogues and creating an ongoing dynamic network in diverse international art communities within and beyond Algeria. It provides opportunities for emerging and established artists from North Africa and across the world to conduct artistic and cultural research and production.
In addition, since 2013, aria develops a programme of commissions directed to Algeria-based artists and exhibitions showcasing the work of Algerian artists and from the diaspora.
current guest artist: Atef Berredjem (lives and works in Annaba, Algiers)
upcoming guest artists: Kapwani Kiwanga (lives in Paris, France and works between Paris and Tanzania), Younès Rahmoun (lives and works in Tetouan, Morocco)
previous residents: Nicene Kossentini (Tunisia), Basel El Maqosui (Gaza), Alfredo Jaar (Chile/ USA), Mohamed Bourouissa (France/ Algeria)
Atef Berredjem, curated by Nora Razian. Exhibition space TBC
Amina Menia, curated by Yasmina Reggad for aria's project space at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair (London), October 2013
Exhibition at Selma Feriani (Tunis), April 2014
Exhibition at the Mosaic Room (London), May 2014
We are already contributing to the Algerian network by actually helping develop one in the visual arts.
To include aria and the Algerian art scene in the broader context it belongs to. Benefit from the other's experience and braking the isolation and misrepresentation of Algeria in the visual arts landscape.