Mouna Karray

The artist found the object by chance...Despite its age, you can still hear the tape...We hear some chanting from the Koran, a mixture of unidentifiable sounds and of music... a dialogue, some words:
“its rolling, its rolling, not a sound!”

1970 born in Sfax, Tunisia, and lives and works between her hometown and Paris, France. 

Mouna Karray studied cinema and photography at the Institut Supérieur d’Animation Culturelle in Tunisia from 1989-1993 and later graduated from Tokyo Institute of Polytechnics and Arts with an MA in Image Media in 2002.

Solo exhibitions include Off-the-Air, Roger Ballen Foundation Centre for Photography, Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, Cape Town, South Africa (2017), Nobody Will Talk About Us, Tyburn Gallery, London, UK (2016), Murmurer, Galerie El Marsa, Tunis, Tunisia (2011), and The Cut-Out, Diwan Dar el Jeld de la Medina, Tunis, Tunisia (2004).

In 2017, she exhibited at the 2nd Biennale of Photographers of the Contemporary Arab World, at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, France. Her work was featured in the 12th Dak’Art Biennale in Dakar, Senegal (2016) and was also recently featured in the group show Afriques Capitales, curated by Simon Njami, at La Villette, Paris, France (2017), as well as D’une Méditerranée, l’autre, at FRAC PACA, Marseilles, France (2016). She was also featured in the 2007 and 2011 Bamako Biennale, Mali, as well as in The Sea is my Land and Africa Big Change Big Chance, Triennale di Milano, Milano, Italy (2014).

Other recent group shows include: Instantanés d’Orient, Boghossian Foundation – Villa Empain, Brussels, Belgium (2017), UNTITLED, Tyburn Gallery, London, UK (2017), VISIBLE / INVISIBLE, Urban Africa and Margins, Fondation Blachère, Aix en Provence, France (2015); The Divine Comedy – Heaven, Purgatory and Hell Revisited by Contemporary African Artists, curated by Simon Njami, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC, USA (2015) touring SCAD Museum of Art, Georgia, USA (2014-15) and MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany (2014); Ici, ailleurs, Friche la Belle de Mai, Tour-Panorama, Marseille, France (2013); Photoquai, Musée du quai Branly, Paris, France (2009).

Mouna has participated in residency programs such as Matza Kerkennah, Tunisia (2017); Dream City, 3rd Edition of Biennal of Contemporary Art in Public Space, Sfax, Tunis, Tunisia (2012), Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Umbertide, Italy (2007); and Cité Internationale des Arts de Paris, France (2005).

Her work is included in the collections of Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, Cape Town, South Africa, the Sindika Dokolo Foundation, Luanda, Angola, and the Ministry of Tunisian Culture.

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