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Maghreb-Orient Express

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Massinissa Selmani, Leila Latrèche, Nicène Kossentini
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Massinissa Selmani, Leila Latrèche, Nicène Kossentini

"Tunisia is the Greece of North Africa, with Yugoslavia and Romania as Algeria and Morocco. Tunisia stands as a coastal frontier, an interface between the Mediterranean Sea and inland Maghreb with all the depths of its mountains and of the Sahara", wrote Pierre Vermeren in the preface to "Généalogie des Villes de Tunisie" (Genealogy of Tunisian Towns), published by Riveneuve. The book by Leila Latrèche lists nearly a hundred and fifty names of Tunisian towns. Gafsa, Sidi Bouzid, Kasserine: each a little homeland where a spirit of resistance germinated, leading to the revolution of 2011.

Culture, tradition, identity... The artist Nicène Kossentini uses elements such as old Arabic texts, photographs from her family albums and tales handed-down by word of mouth to question the concepts of memory and transmission. Her video "Stories", filmed in 2011 with her grandmother, a story-teller, is notably being shown at the exhibition "Au-Delà des Apparences. Il était une fois, il sera une fois" (Beyond Appearances. Once upon a time, it will be once again), at the Occitanie Toulouse FRAC (regional fund for contemporary art), as part of the Africa2020 Season. Her next exhibition "Reflexion: contemporary art of the Middle East and North Africa" (the curatorship being assured by Venetia Porter) will be held at the British Museum in London.

"Rien Sinon du Rêve au Doigt" (Nothing If Not A Dream at Your Fingertips) is the new exhibition by Massinissa Selmani, at the Anne-Sarah Bénichou gallery in Paris, to visit during May 2021. A title that pays tribute to the revolutionary Algerian poet Jean Sénac, for whom the sun was both the symbol and the signature. At the heart of his research: illustration as a documentary form and fictional process, playing on the boundary between the real and unreal, in a similar way to the surrealists. Other works are to discover in Marseille, at the exhibition "En Attendant Omar Gatlato" (Waiting for Omar Gatlato), at La Friche la Belle de Mai.

#As seen by Slimane: Carthage. #Atmosphere with the guests' cultural favourites.

Guests: Leila Latrèche, doctor in geopolitics, researcher specialising in international relations; Nicène Kossentini, artist (from Tunis); Massinissa Selmani, plastic artist and illustrator; Slimane Zeghidour, TV5MONDE editorialist.

Presented by: Mohamed Kaci.