Héla Ammar
TUNISIA
Born in June, 1969. Héla Ammar is a Tunisian based visual artist. In addition to her training in visual art, she holds a PhD in Law. Her photographs and installations address the stakes of memory. Identity is often at the center of her concerns. Author of « Corridors » (2014), a photo book on Tunisian prisons, and co-author of “Siliana Syndrome” (2013), a survey on death row in Tunisia, she recently developed a whole artwork around the prison environment. A selection of her series is now part of the British museum permanent collection. Her work has been showcased in various international biennals and exhibitions as the Biennal of the contemporary arab world photographers (Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris (France 2017), « Réenchantements » Dak’art Biennal 2016 ( Senegal), « Fragments d’uneTunisie contemporaine », MuCem (Marseille, France 2015), Bamako Encounters (Mali, 2015, 2017), Something Else, Off Biennal Cairo (Egypt 2015) International Photography Encounters of Fes (Morocco, 2015), Monochromes Dak’art Biennal, (Senegal 2014), the 27th Instants Vidéo (Festival numérique et poétique, Marseille 2014), World NomadsNew York ( USA, 2013), Les rencontres photographiques d’Arles (France, 2013), Dream City (Tunisia, 2010, 2012 and 2017).
Body Talks (A Fleur de Peau)
The series Body Talks / A fleur de peau offers a displacement of the landmarks of the identity and a representation of the body as site of politics. All the characters in this series are already famous for their commitment and for their fight for freedoms. They are activists, bloggers, dancers, designers, reporters and entrepreneurs. Their portraits have often made the front page of Tunisian and foreign media. Here, I asked them to give up the notoriety that their ID conveys and to let their body tell their own story, commitment and fights. So, face masked, each one of them gave free rein to what he carries in the depths of his body and soul. Put together, they give a vibrant picture of an « à fleur de peau » generation whose language challenges the prejudices of space and time.

The Addis Foto Fest (AFF) was established in 2010 by award-winning photographer and cultural entrepreneur, Aida Muluneh. The festival is organized by Desta for Africa Creative Consulting PLC. AFF is a biennial international photography festival held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It has previously featured exhibitions, portfolio reviews, conferences, projections and film screenings in many different renowned venues. It is also the first and only international photography festival in East Africa.