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Mouna Karray
Born in 1970 in Sfax, Tunisia, Karray studied art and culture in Tunis before moving to Tokyo to complete an MA specialising in photography at the Tokyo Institute of Polytechnics and Arts in 2002. Currently living and working between Paris and Sfax, Karray merges socio-political themes with personal experience to explore constructions of identity and memory.

2001
Master's Degree in Image Media, Tokyo Institute of Polytechnics and Arts, Tokyo, Japan.

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2016
Nobody Will Talk About Us, Tyburn Gallery, London, UK
2011
Murmurer, Galerie El Marsa, Tunis, Tunisia.

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017
Opening exhibition, Zeitz MOCCA, Cape Town, South Africa
Matza
, Musée national du Bardo, Tunis, Tunisia
Afriques Capitale, Le mois de la photo du Grand Paris
, Parc de la Villette, Paris
2016
Dak'Art 2016: The 12th Biennale of Contemporary African Art, Dakar, Senegal
D'une Méditerranée, l'autre, FRAC Marseille et Hôtel des Arts, Toulon
2015
The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Hell, Purgatory from the Perspective of Contemporary African, Simithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington DC, USA.
Broken English, Tyburn Gallery, London, UK.
Visible Invisible, Fondation Blachère, Aix en Provence, France.
2014
The Divine Comedy, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, USA.
The Divine Comedy, MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany.
Africa Big Change Big Chance, Triennale di Milano, Milano, Italy.
The Sea is my Land, Triennale di Milano, Milano, Italy.
Africaines, 15 femmes en création, Fondation Attijariwafabank, Casablanca, Morocco.
2013
The Sea is my Land, MAXXI, Rome, Italy.
Ici, ailleurs, Friche la Belle de Mai, Tour-Panorama, Marseille, France.
The Bamako Encounters, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal.
Bright Future Contemporary Art from Tunisia, Ifa Gallery Stuttgart, Germany.
Parce que c'est blanc, parce que c'est noir et bien d'autres choses encores, Galerie 127, Marrakech, Morocco.
2012
Come Together London, Edge of Arabia. Old Truman Brewery, London, UK.
Bright Futur Contemporary Art from Tunisia, Ifa Gallery Berlin, Germany.
Dream City, 3rd edition, Sfax, Tunis, Tunisia.
The Bamako Encounters, BOZAR , Bruxelles, Belgium.
Chkoun Ahna, Musée National de Carthage, Tunisia.
Dégagement… La Tunisie un an après, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France.
2011
The 9th African Encounters of Photography, Bamako, Mali.
2010
A Useful Dream, BOZAR, Brussels, Belgium.
Picha, Image Encounters, Lubumbashi, Congo.
L'autre bord #1, Galerie des grands bains douches, Marseille, France.
2009
Photoquai, musée du quai Branly, Paris, France.
Spot on Bamako 2007, IFA gallery, Stuttgart, Germany.
Women of images, snatches of intimacy, French Cultural Centre of Beyrouth, Lebanon.
2008
Spot on Bamako 2007, IFA gallery, Berlin, Germany.
The Winter Show, Afronova Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Thirtieth Biennale of Art on Pontevedra, Spain.
Women of Images, Espace Landowski, Boulogne-Billancourt, France.
Regards des photographes arabes contemporains, National Museum of Contemporary Art of Algiers, Algeria.
2007
Women of Images, Snatches of Intimacy, Cultures, France. 
The 7th African Encounters of Photography, Bamako, Mali.
2006
The Revealed Image, Museum of Tunis-Kheireddine Palace, Tunisia.

RESIDENCES
2017 Matza, Kerkennah, Tunisia.
Centre Daïmôn, Gatineau, Québec, Canada.
2012 Dream City, 3rd Edition, Sfax, Tunis, Tunisia.
2008 Je pense à toi, Siwa 02, Odeon Theater, Paris, France.  
2007 Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Umbertide, Italy.
2005 Cité Internationale des Arts de Paris, France.
2004 Centre d'Art Vivant de Rades, Tunisia.

SOLO PUBLICATIONS
2016
Nobody Will Talk About Us, Published on the occasion of the solo exhibition by Tyburn Gallery, London, 8 April – 21 May 2016, Publisher Tyburn Gallery, London
2009
Murmurer, galerie El Marsa, octobre 2009

PUBLICATIONS
2014
The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Purgatory and Hell Revisited by Contemporary African Artists, Simon Njami, Zdenka Badovinac, Johannes Hoff, Roberto Casati, Kerber Verlag, Bielefeld, Germany, 2014, pp. 294-297
2013
The Sea Is My Land, Artisti dal Mediterraneo, ed. Feltrinelli, Italy, 2013, pp133-139
2012
Un avenir en Rose, Contemporary Art from Tunisia, Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, Kerber, Berlin, 2012
2011
L'Art au Féminin : approches contemporaines, ed. L'Harmattan
For a Sustainable World: Rencontres de Bamako, African Photography Biennial, 9th Edition, Actes Sud, Arles, France, 2011, pp. 142-145
Amirsadeghi, Hossein, Mikdadi, Salwa, New Vision: Arab Contemporary Art in the 21st Century, Transglobe Publishing, London, UK, 2011, pp. 186-289
2010
Njami, Simon and Vanhaecke, Frank, A Useful Dream: African Photography 1960-2010, Silvana Editoriale, Milan, Italy.
2009
Photoquai 2009, 2nd Biennale des images du monde, Anahita Ghabaian Etehadieh, Acte Sud / Musée quai Branly, Ales, France, 2009
2008
Regards des Photographes Arabes Contemporains, ed. Musée National d'art Moderne et Contemporain d'Alger
2007
Dans la ville et Au delà, The 7th African Photography Biennal, ed. Marval

BIBLIOGRAPHY & PRESS
2016
- Mercier, Jeanne, Dossier L'Afrique Révélée par Elle-Même, Fisheye Magazine: Novembre décembre 2016.
- Bowcock, Simon, Performing for the Camera. Harpers Bazar Arabia: Issue Summer 2016, p 46-47.
- Azimi, Roxana, Dak'art 2016: Du chaos surgit une très belle exposition internationale. Journal le Monde, 4 mai 2016.
-Harbaoui, Zouhour, Tout le monde pourrait parler d'elle. Interview.
Tunis Hebdo, 2-8mai 2016
- Liese, Van Der Watt, How to make silence speak: the quiet insistence of Mouna Karray's photographs, Catalogue, Nobody Will talk about us, Tyburn gallery, March 2016.
Morgan, Hayley, A Single Body, Suppressed, Museum: Issue 4, March 2016, pp.98-99
—-, Karray, Mouna: Nobody Will Talk About Us, snapped, Art Africa magazine, March 2016, pp.134-139
—-, Karray, Mouna: Nobody Will Talk About Us, Wall Street International, 15 March 2016
2015
- Keyte, Matthew, 10 North African Contemporary Artists You Need To Know, theculturetrip.com, 13th November 2015
- Nyfeler, Morgane, From London To Africa: Tyburn Gallery's Inaugaral Exhibition Broken English, ours-mag.com, 16 September 2015
- O'Toole, Sean, Becoming African: Sean O'Toole on the All-New ART AFRICA, artsouthafrica.com, 17 September 2015
- Paw, David, 'Broken English': London's Tyburn Gallery holds show of contemporary African art, wallpaper.com, 25 September 2015
2014
- Carol, Magee, There Is a There There: Place in African Cityscape, Photography and Culture Vol. 7, N. 1, March 2014, pp. 41-62.
- Diop, Salimata, Mouna Karray: The Rope, IAM Intense Art Magazine #01,
automne/hiver 2014
- Mercier, Jeanne, Portfolio: Mouna Karray, Noir, L'œil de la photographie, 5 juin 2014
2013
- Cohen Hadria, Michèle, Trois artistes tunisiennes: Nicène Kossentini, Mouna Karray et Moufida Fedhila, Publication KT Press, 2013, c.77 pp., 40 illus.
- Malivel, Garance, Içi, ailleurs. Trajectoires méditérranéennes, Art absolument, mars-avril 2013, pp. 60-63.
- Marsaud, Olivia, Cahier critique - Valeurs sûres à Marseille, Afrique in Visu, février 2013
2011
- Belhassine, Olfa, «Murmurer» ces murs absurdes, La presse de Tunisie, janvier 2011
- Entretien de Marian Nur Goni avec Mouna Karray, Dans les interstices, la photographie de Mouna Karray, Africultures, janvier, 2011
2010
- Bruckbauer, Christine, "Murmurer" or the Whispering of Neglected Walls,
Universe in universe, April 2010
2009
- Belhassine, Olfa, La saison de Mouna Karray à Paris, La presse de Tunisie, Septembre 2009
- Mekouar, Mouna, Murmurer, Portrait d'une architecture défunte, Catalogue Murmurer, galerie El Marsa, Octobre 2009
2007
- L'identité en question, photographies de Mouna Karray, Afrique in visu, 25 juin 2007

COLLECTIONS
Zeit MOCCA, Cape Town, South Africa
Nadour, Private Collection 
Sindika Dokolo, Private Collection
Ministry of Tunisian Culture