aria (artist residency in algiers) was founded by artist Zineb Sedira in 2011, shortly joined by independent curator Yasmina Reggad.
aria strives to instigate and develop cross-border dialogues
as well as expanding a dynamic network across diverse international art communities within and beyond Algeria. Through a rich programme of residencies, new commissions, exhibitions, workshops and conferences, aria provides opportunities for emerging and established artists, curators and writers from North Africa and beyond to conduct artistic research and produce new works in Algeria.
aria collaborates and partners with other like-minded institutions, with an emphasis on the MENA region, in the delivery of projects such as MADRASSA, a curatorial training & residency programme conceived by L’Atelier de l’observatoire, or the March Project, an educational residency & exhibition programme of Sharjah Art Foundation.
Zineb Sedira, Founder and Managing Director
Zineb Sedira is a London-based artist who works between Algiers, London and Paris. She has exhibited both in the UK and internationally – at the Venice Biennale (2001), Tate Britain, London (2002), ICP Triennial in NY (2003), Centre Pompidou & Hayward Gallery, (2005), British Art Show 06 (2006), the Folkestone Triennial (2011) and has had solo exhibitions at the Cornerhouse, Manchester, The Photographers’ Gallery and The Wapping Project, London, the Pori Museum, Finland, the BildMuseet, Sweden and the Musée d’Art Contemporain, Marseilles amongst others. Her work can be found in the public collections of Centre Georges Pompidou, the Tate, Arts Council England, the MUMOK – Vienna, Victoria and Albert Museum and the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow Museum, amongst others.
Yasmina Reggad, Programme curator
Yasmina Reggad is an independent curator, writer, researcher and, at times, performer and choreographer. She works in London, Athens and Algiers. Reggad holds an MA in Medieval History from the Sorbonne University and is presently curator at aria (artist residency in algiers). She was previously guest curator of Art Dubai Projects in 2016 and 2017, and exhibitions and projects manager at Delfina Foundation (2014-2015).
Her research focuses on the politics of futurity and explores performative methodologies inspired by dance and performance notations.
She is currently working on We dreamt of utopia and we woke up screaming, a long-term research project and durational performance about the radio of mouvements of liberation in Algeria in the 60s and 70s.