REINA, ABDELBAKI & ME
Conversation between Paris, Buenos Aires and Oran.
(work in progress)
In 1962, Algeria gained its independence from France, after 130 years of colonialism and 8 years of bloody conflict. My mother, Spanish by her parents, was born in this country in 1952 and grew up in Oran in the middle of this war, before migrating in 1962 at the end of the war to France, after a brief stay in Spain.
Reina, Abdelbaki and I is a photographic essay and a short documentary that intertwines a personal story with this chapter of history, still deeply conflictive between the two sides of the Mediterranean. It aims to build a transnational and intergenerational narrative and reflection around migration, identity and colonialism.
The beginning of this process has two parts: An archival work and a work from my imagination, from the temporal and geographical distance. Imagining a conflict and a country that I did not live in but that I know through the memories transmitted by my mother and the society in which I grew up. It's a series of photos with a non-linear narrative, where territories and voices dialogue in layers and multiple readings, from archives to new pictures. My visual language is both poetic and political in tone.
By a strange coincidence, there is a second city in the world called Oran, and it is located in Argentina, where I migrated 10 years ago. My strategy and methodology is that of a journey from New Oran (Argentina) to Oran (Algeria), through a conversation between 3 voices and 3 territories: My mother in France, her virtual correspondent in Algeria, Abdelbaki, where she never returned and me in Argentina.
Check the teaser on vimeo
The project received in 2021 the support of the CNAP- National Center for Visual Arts in France and a scholarship for the Screen Arts School program led by Fred Ritchin.
From a conflictive memory and a land of contradictions :
Teaser of the project