2013 #spring newsletter

Latest news from aria aria is celebrating the successes of its 2012 pilot programme. The positive responses to aria in Algeria and internationally have been encouraging. We would like to share our 2013 programme with you, and speculate on the projects that await us.   Launching aria 2013’s programme with Mohamed Bourouissa aria is thrilled … Continue reading

Press release: Mohamed Bourouissa

You can download the press release here aria starts this year programme inviting Mohamed Bourouissa in Algiers Following on its successful 2012 pilot programme, aria is launching its programme this year inviting Franco-Algerian visual artist Mohamed Bourouissa in Algiers. Bourouissa will develop a research on Frantz Fanon and his practice as a psychiatrist in the … Continue reading

Series of exhibitions that spotlights artists from the Maghreb on ArteEast Gallery

Since fall 2012, Alya Sebti (Director, Marrakech Biennial) is guest-curating a six-quarter cycle of ArteEast Virtual Gallery that spotlights artists from the Maghreb, and leads up to the 2013 edition of the Marrakech Biennial which asks the question, “Where are we now?”. Each subsequent gallery will showcase artists who deal with the every day in … Continue reading

Algerian artist Sofiane Zouggar at the Villa Romana in Florence

We’ve partnered with the Villa Romana last year and selected one Algeria-based artist to undertake a 2-month residency and be an international guest artist at the Villa Romana in Florence. Artist Sofiane Zouggar  started his residency in Florence at the beginning of February. He will present his work on Friday 15th March from 5PM at … Continue reading

Alfredo Jaar’s special meeting with a group of young artists in Algiers

During his stay in Algiers, we organised a special gathering with Alfredo Jaar and a group of young Algerian artists to discuss their work and methodology. They met last Tuesday in the residency flat. Participants: Samir Abchiche, Oussama Tabti, Djamel Agagnia, Sofiane Zouggar, Amina Menia and Rafik Laggoune.

Alfredo Jaar speaks about his residency in Algiers on ARTINFO

Art writer Coline Milliard interviewed Alfredo Jaar few days ago for ARTINFO UK ‘about site-specificity, thinking-versus-making, and his plans for his first stay in Algiers as part of aria’s pilot residency program’. […] this trip is just my first exploration of Algiers. We have scheduled encounters with young artists and journalists and I am offering … Continue reading

fresh look

Following the success of our pilot programme in 2012, and building on the positive response in Algeria, the Maghreb, and beyond, we will officially launch aria and establish the residency programme in Algiers. For this we have commissioned a fresh face to our friends at Heidi Letterpress (exquisite family-run business by photographer Nick Turpin). They … Continue reading

last guest of the year: Alfredo Jaar

You can download the press release here [ENG] and here [FR] Alfredo Jaar explores Algiers. aria officially launches the residency programme in Algiers aria’s pilot programme is scheduled to end this year on a high note with the residency of artist, architect, and filmmaker Alfredo Jaar. The New York-based artist will visit Algiers from 15th … Continue reading

aria in ‘On One Side of the Same Water’

A conversation between Yasmina Reggad, Zineb Sedira and Angelika Stepken was published in the book dedicated to artistic practices between Tirana and Tangier. The text is followed by a brief portfolio of three Algerian artists, Atef Berredjem, Amina Menia and Oussama Tabti. The book is published by Hatje Cantz in German and English and edited by Angelika … Continue reading

/A.R.I.A/ in Diptyk magazine

Diptyk magazine presents /A.R.I.A/ in its October-November 2012 issue. You can read it here (in French)

/A.R.I.A/ in Ibraaz

/A.R.I.A/ in Art Dubai blogs

Interview with Zineb Sedira by Yasmina Reggad in Nafas Art Magazine (in English and Arabic)

Nicene Kossentini is starting new work in Algiers

Nicene Kossentini is on her last week residency with /A.R.I.A/. Although it is a process and research orientated programme, we are very pleased Nicene was quickly inspired and already started to work on a new project in Algiers. More about Nicene Kossentini’s project: “My surname literally means “from Constantine” (name of an Algerian city). I … Continue reading

Nicene Kossentini presented her work at the École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts d’Alger

On Tuesday 29th May, our first guest artist Nicene Kossentini presented her work at the École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts d’Alger, invited by professor and curator Nadira Laggoune to take part in her seminar about Visual Arts.