aria partnered with Sharjah Art Foundation within the framework of their March Project, an educational residency programme that provides opportunities for young artists to research, realise and present site-specific works through a series of professional development courses, seminars, exhibitions and site visits over a five-month period.
Algiers-based artist Sofiane Zouggar participated in the 2017 edition of the March Project which culminated with an exhibition (30 September—30 December 2017) at Sharjah Art Foundation of the commissioned artworks, together with other participants Al Anood Al Obaidly and Nasir Nasrallah from the United Arab Emirates, Mahmoud Safadi from Lebanon.
Under the mentorship of curator Clelia Coussonnet, Sofiane Zouggar presented Temporary flesh walls’ stories, permanent posters and one portrait (2017), a multimedia installation about Izhar, the keeper of the abandoned Khorfakkan Cinema in the Emirate of Sharjah.
Sofiane Zouggar’s work focuses on Algerian identity and sociopolitical issues as well as the relationship between the human condition and information. He makes use of different mediums in his work, including photography and video, sound, movement and interactive installations. Since 2013, he has been working on an archive of the ‘Dark Decade’, the time of the Algerian civil war between 1991 and 2002, by exploring images as traces of memory.
His work has been shown in a number of exhibitions, including Chinafrika.under construction, Museum of Contemporary Art, Leipzig (2017); Boda Boda Lounge, Pan-African Video Art Festival, Algiers (2016); Bienal de la Imagen en Movimiento, Buenos Aires (2016); Qalandiya International Biennial, Ramallah (2016); La Condition humaine, Festival national de la Photographie d’Art (FESPA), Algiers (2014); The MoMRtA (The Museum of Manufactured Response to Absence), Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MAMA), Algiers (2014); Dak’Art Biennale, Dakar (2012, 2014); Picturie Générale, Algiers (2013) and World Event Young Artists, Nottingham, UK (2012).
Zouggar graduated in ceramics from the École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Algiers (2010).