2019 - Ongoing
Argentina; France; Algeria
Reina & Abdelbaki is a three-voice conversation which aims to explore war‘s memories, identity complexities and the existence of a possible transnational space in a post/des-colonial era between France and Algeria after the war and Algeria independance in 1962.
After 5 years of work around migrations and identity about others, the questions I asked them came back to me and shook me to my core, to question the identity I had built up throughout my french childhood and discovered a more complex one behind my white skin. At the same time, my mother's memories became more present in her life and mind, like in France where the French-Algerian war is regularly a topic and at the heart of many lives. Current tensions between the French society, the State and its Muslim community are the visible part of a post/des-colonial history that hasn’t yet been written.
In the shadow of global failure, Reina & Abdelbaki built unintentionaly a small space of resistance and resilience. Reina, is my spanish mother, born and raised in Oran, Algeria (1954-1962) settled in France after the French-Algerian war (which ended in 1962). Fifteen years ago, she virtually met Abdelbaki, an Algerian born after the war, settled in Reina’s childhood district in Oran, through an online forum about Oran and its history.
The project combine archives collected and produced by Reina and Abdelbaki, our virtual correspondences and my visual production in France and Argentina inspired by their past, our shambling present and my questions.