REINA & ABDELBAKI
Conversation between Paris, Buenos Aires and Oran.
(work in progress)
It's 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 around the French-Algerian war from 1952 to 1962.
It’s based on the story of Reina, my Spanish mother, born and raised in Oran, Algeria during the war, settled in France in 1962 and mine, her daughter, who emigrated from France to Argentina 12 years ago, and intends today to reflect from a temporal and geographical distance on the family story and History.
She never returned to Algeria, but Abdelbaki, a man born in Oran after the Independence and she virtually met on an online forum about Oran, became her eyes for the last 15 years in her childhood neighborhood, They are weaving at a distance an individual and collective transnational history and memory about the war, the city they belong to in different ways and their personal emotions.
My project, both poetic and political in tone, aims to intertwine history with family stories, to reflect on colonial pasts and decolonial presents, to create a shared space for intercultural dialogues. This will ends in a series of photos with a non-linear narrative, where territories and voices dialogue in layers and multiple readings, from archives to new pictures and a short documentary film (already in progress in Argentina) will works as an introduction.