Biography

Born in Moscow to a Russian mother and an Algerian father, Louisa Babari grew up in Algiers and Moscow. After graduating from the renowned social studies « Institut d’Etudes Politiques » in Paris and a course in Contemporary Studies, Russian Language and Film at Paris’ University for Oriental Studies, she debuted her career first at ARTE’s fiction department before turning to independent projects. She traveled in the former USSR developing scripts and texts for experimental cinema. She started her own production hub in which she wrote and made experimental films. Her work as an artist led her to design films, photography sound installations and graphic works that invest stories, mainly determined by the historical and ideological changes in the former socialist countries. She creates discursive and immersive spaces that question the place and the role of the archive, the experience of images, their resurgence and their renewal. Decentering processes, exploring her own family archives, issues related to architecture, language, literariness, writing and translation, are in the heart of her artistic practices. In 2014, her work gave rise to a publication, Aesthetics of the antrum, edited by Alberto Garcia Alix for the Madrid publishing house, Cabeza de chorlito. She contributed from 2013 to 2016 to the development of Afrikadaa, the first pan-African and French interactive magazine dedicated to contemporary art for which she wrote essays and produced events and performances.

Since 2015, her work has been researching transformations related to architecture and the history of buildings. She contributes to the production of a film on the link between architecture and innovative educational resources of the first integrated Parisian complex, jewels of modern architecture of the twentieth century. (Open-air school Saint-Merri, Le Corbusier’s heirs architects Roux and Lombard, project owner: Renzo Piano).

In Vietnam central region, she carries out a series of photographs on the habitat modifications of village populations. She is also conducting a research and a photographic project on the transformation of urban architectural spaces in Algerian major cities and heritage sites on the theme of superimpositions of architectural times and forms of building.

In 2018, she creates Voix Publiques a sound installation and a program of pan-African poetry whose goal is to highlight the African poetic production of the continent and its diaspora.

Her works has been shown in Center Georges Pompidou, Mac Val museum, Kadist Foundation, David Roberts Art Foundation, Museum of quai Branly, the Museum of the Civilizations of Europe and the Mediterranean, the Dakar Biennale.

Louisa Babari lives in Paris and works in France and in Algeria.

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EDUCATION

Higher Diploma in Russian from the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilization, Russian Studies and Cinema.
Diploma from the Institute of Political Studies of Paris, International section.

SELECTED SHOWS & WORKS

2020

• MOUSSEM CITIES ALGIERS, group show, Bozar, Brussels, Belgium.

2019

• WAITING FOR OMAR GATLATO – group show, curator : Natasha Marie Llorens. Wallach gallery, New-York, October.

• AFFECTS – film screening – 42 e édition du Festival de Cinéma de Douarnenez « Algériens, Algériennes », August.

• DRAMATURKIA – group show, Faculteit Letteren en Wijsbegeerte – Antwerpen, Belgium. Curator: Azad Assifovich. March.

• TOUT VA TRÈS BIEN – group show, galerie Mansart, Paris, France. Curator: Azad Assifovich. February.

2018

• POLYCOPIES – book exhibition, photography publishing, PARIS-PHOTO 2018.

• DOTLAND 2 –  Group show, Ehemalige Zigarettenfabrik Schmargendorf, Berlin Germany, curator: PENINSULA.

• VOIX PUBLIQUES – Sound installation and pan-African poetry program and publication, Saout L’Mellah, Limiditi Temporary Art Projects. Festival, residency and exhibition, Al Jadida, Morocco.

• VOIX PUBLIQUES – Sound installation and pan-African poetry program and publication, XIII th Biennial of Dakar, Senegal.

2017

• VOIX: FANON, CESAIRE, SENGHOR, LE FLAMBEAU DANS L’OREILLE – group show and conference, Le Manège, Dakar, PARTCOURS 2017. Curator: Seloua Luste Boulbina.

• EVERY TIME A EAR DI SOUN – Radio program of the 14th edition of documenta. Curator: Bonaventure S. Nidkung.

• BLICA – International Lebanese Biennale for Cinema and Arts – film screening – Modern and Contemporary Art Museum, Byblos, Lebanon.

2016

• AFRIKADAA LISTERNER’S DIGEST – Sound artists group show at Raw Material Company. Curators: Louisa Babari, Carole Diop and Célio Paillard, XII th Dakar Biennial (May 4 – June 5, 2016), Senegal.

• MADE IN ALGERIA – Group show curated by Zahia Rahmani and Jean Yves Sarazin, MuCEM, Marseille, France.

2015

• ARAB TERRITORIES – group show, curator : Nadira Laggoune, in the frame of « Constantine, capital of arabic culture », Constantine, Algeria.

• TRANS(¿)DUCTION – group show, Centre National Edition Art Image (CNEAI), Chatou, France.

Curators: Marc Johnson and Anne-Marie Melster.

PUBLICATIONS

2014

• A ESTHETICS OF THE ANTRUM 80 pages, collages.

Limited edition of 500 copies, publishing house Cabeza chorlito / Alberto Garcia Alix & Frédérique Bangerter. Madrid, Spain.

PRESS

2019

• Empathy by Mirna Boyadjian in ESSE ARTS + opinions number, no. 95, January 2019, Canada.

2018

• Between Visuality and Legibility by Claudia Benthien, Jordis Lau, and Maraike M. Marxsen in THE LITERARINESS OF MEDIA ART. London and New York: Routledge,  352 pages. Fall 2018.

2017

• Moscow, Paris, Algiers by Seloua Luste Boubina in SOMETHING WE AFRICANS GOT, April 2017.

2016

• The Maps take down their game by Elisabeth Leibovici in Le Beau vice, January 2016.

• Made in Algeria, Conquest à la carte by Frédérique Roussel in LIBERATION, February 2016.

• The underside of the colonial maps by Philippe Dagen in LE MONDE, February 2016.

2015

• The Dissident Dissent of Louisa Babari and Jay Ramier by Camille Moulonguet in AFRIKADAA, December.

2013

• The Metaphysics of Gray by Alexandre Gouzou in AFRIKADAA, October 2013.

PERSONAL ESSAYS

2019

• Algérie, la solitude des foules in « Analyse, Opinion, Critique media ».

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

2016

• Selected by the Friends of the Palais de Tokyo Award. Project: Close combat, multilingual video corpus.

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Museum of Modern Art of Algiers (MAMA), Algeria, 2015.

SEMINARS Selection

2020

• « INHABITABLE | Ré-imaginer les devenirs » talk with Lotte Arndt, Valérie Osouf and Sylvie Glissant in the frame of Hamedine Kane’s exhibition, PointCulture, Bruxelles, Belgium.

2017

• AT THE CROSSROADS, Franco-German Cultural Fund 2017 edition, in partnership with the French Institute of Mali and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Mali, International Meeting on the theme of Art and Migration. 17 – 25 November 2017, Bamako – Kayes – Sissako. Roundtable  with Marie-Ann Yemsi, Lotte Arndt and Abdou Ouologuem.

2016

• TRANSPHILOSOPHIES, French House at Columbia University, international artists symposium organized by philosopher Seloua Luste Boulbina.

• LIBRARIES OF THE FUTURE, G. Pompidou art Center: « , project and seminar organized by Mara Ambrosic. Video screening, followed by discussion. Project « Afrikadaa Listener Digest », Biennale of Dakar 2016.

• ELSEWHERE IN AESTHETICS, AESTHETICS FROM ELSEWHERE, International College of Philosophy / Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Paris, international symposium organized by philosopher Seloua Luste Boulbina.

• TRANSPHILOSOPHIES, French Institute of Algiers, international artists symposium organized by philosopher Seloua Luste Boulbina.

• ARTISTS SPEAK TO PHILOSOPHERS, International College of Philosophy – Point Ephémère, Paris: Louisa Babari in conversation with philosopher Seloua Luste Boulbina and art theoricist Evangelos Athanassopoulos.

2015

• IS THERE A POSTCOLONIAL ART REGIME ? Paris 7 Diderot University & International College of Philosophy, Laboratory for Social and Political Change (LCSP), International symposium organized by philosopher Seloua Luste Boulbina & Afrikadaa Magazine, issue 8: « Moving Images ».

• ARCHIVING IMAGES, AFRICAN WOMEN ARTISTS VISUALIZING AFRICA, University of Michigan, Department of Afro-American and African Studies, Center for World Performance Studies, a panel discussion and video projections organized by Chair of Afro American department, Prof. Frieda Ekotto.