Amina Menia’s work questions the relation to architectural and historical spaces, and challenges conventional notions around the exhibition space. Her artworks are a crossovers of sculptures and installations that trigger an interaction of viewers and passersby with socio-spatial configurations.
Extra-Muros (2005-ongoing) is a series of site specific installations all over Algiers. An invitation to revisit this city and thus its re-appropriation. It encountered so many obstacles that most of its chapters remain unrealised. Therefore, it intersects directly with its problematic of denouncing confiscated spaces, confiscated memory and lack of freedom.
For Chrysanthemums (2009-2011), she proposed a photographic installation in frontal relation with the viewer and documenting useless monuments charged with history.
Enclosed (2012-ongoing) is a documentary-based installation that shows how the Algerian artist M’hamed Issiakhem circumvented his commission to “hide” the former Monument to the Dead of Algiers. He encased it in a temporary cement coffering.
She spent a long-term residency in the city of Marseilles, working on the common architectural heritage of Algiers and Marseilles through the inspiring figure of the architect Fernand Pouillon.
Amina has showed her work nationally and internationally, including Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Cleveland Museum of Art (USA), the Royal Hibernian Academy (Dublin), the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Museum of African Design (Johannesburg), the Museum of Contemporary Art in Marseilles. She participated to the 11th Sharjah Biennial (UAE), the Dakar Biennial 2014 (Senegal) as well as Folkestone Triennial 2014 (UK) and BRUGGES Triennial 2015.
Born in 1976 in Algiers. Lives and works in Algiers. Graduated from Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts of Algiers.
WAITING FOR OMAR GATLATO, FRICHE de la Belle de Mai, Marseille
Lahore Biennale 02 , Pakistan
Notre monde brûle, Palais de Tokyo , Paris
Rue d'Alger, MANIFESTA 13 , Marseille
Colonial Wounds / Postcolonial Repair , Duke Hall Gallery, JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY
WAITING FOR OMAR GATLATO, Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, New York
Meditations on Place: Four Perspectives; Four African Cities, Cleveland Museum of Art
Ten Years of Production Programme , Sharjah Art Foundation
LAGOS PHOTO FESTIVAL , Lagos
Anarchéologies, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
Suspended Territories, Marta Herford Museum, Germany
do it IN ARABIC, Sharjah Art Spaces
digging deep, crossing far, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin
BIENAL DE LA IMAGEN EN MOVIMIENTO, Buenos Aires
BRUGGES Triennial 2015
What Is Home, Pump House Gallery, London
Guess Who's Coming To Dinner? Richard Taittinger Gallery, New York
Alger/Marseilles, Allers et retours, MUCEM, Museum for European and Mediterranean Civilizations, Marseilles
Art Dubai Projects 2014, Dubai (catalogue)
DAK'ART Biennale 2014, Dakar (catalogue)
INTERVENING SPACE: From The Intimate To The World, The Mosaic Rooms, London (catalogue)
SUMMER EXHIBITION, Sharjah Art Foundation Art Spaces
HERE AND ELSEWHERE, The New Museum, New York (catalogue)
FOLKESTONE Triennial 2014, (UK) (catalogue)
The Ultimate Capital is the Sun, nGbk, Berlin (catalogue)
TRAVAIL d’ARCHIVES, FauxMouvement Centre d'Art Contemporain, Metz, France
PROPOSALS ON MONUMENTALITY, Green Art Gallery, Dubaï
BECOMING INDEPENDENT, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin
SHARJAH BIENNIAL 11 : Re-emerge : Towards a New Cultural Cartography (catalogue)
LE PONT, Museum of Contemporary Art of Marseilles
Damascus Visual Arts Festival, Istanbul
aria (artist residency in algiers) special project at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London
NATIVE NOSTALGIA, Museum of African Design, Johannesburg
UN ÉCORCHÉ, art-cade, galerie des grands bains douches de la Plaine (solo show)
Synchronicity II, Tiwani Contemporary, London
Chkoun Ahna, National Museum of Carthage, Tunisia
New Cartographies: Algeria-France-UK, Cornerhouse, GB.
Synchronicity I, Baudoin Lebon Gallery, Paris, France
L’attente, Museum of Modern Art of Algiers
AFRICAINES, Exhibition Center of Algiers (catalogue)
PONTEVEDRA Biennale, Spain, (catalogue)
"Iconoclastes, les territoires de l’esprit", curated by Kader Attia, Gallery Anne De Villepoix, Paris.
MEMORIAL of the National Museum of Civil Protection, Algiers. (first public commission)
EXTRA MUROS Chapter 1, Installation at Bastion 23 Art Center, Algiers.(solo show)
AGAM (Agence d'Urbanisme de l'Agglomération Marseillaise), Marseille
Espace Culturel Fernand Pouillon, Marseille
Delfina Foundation, London, UK
Visiting Arts, London, UK
Talks and lectures
Algiers, theater of conflict and desire, Studio X Amman and Sijal Institute, in collaboration with Columbia Univ. NY
Artist talk: Colonial Wounds / Postcolonial Repair, James Madison University
Circles and Cycles: Accumulating as a Practice, Mathaf, Arab Museum of Modern Art
The Sculpture Question, Folkestone Triennial 2014
Archives au présent, Centre Pompidou-Metz
Amina Menia and Dr Anthony Downey in conversation at INIVA – Institute of International Visual Arts, Rivington Place, London
Panel discussion and video screening: Exploring Paradigms, MUSAC (Leon) and Casa Arabe (Madrid)
Artist talk : Chkoun Ahna, National Museum of Carthage, Tunisia
New Cartographies: Algeria-France-UK : The State and Stakes of Contemporary Art in Algeria, Cornerhouse, GB.
The March Meeting, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah
Talk around L’attente, Museum of Modern Art of Algiers
Artist talk : Delfina Foundation
30th Biennale de Pontevedra : « Sin Fronteras » symposium
Invited Artist to International Symposium of the Tunisian Association of Aesthetics : Art practices and aesthetics of the environment.
Live readings/ Performances
Landowski, Issiakhem and I, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin
Landowski, Issiakhem and I, MUCEM (Museum for European and Mediterranean Civilizations, Marseilles)
Landowski, Issiakhem and I, Centre Georges Pompidou-Metz
Chkoun Ahna, National Museum of Carthage, Tunisia
ENCLOSED. Landowski, Issiakhem and I
UnDélaissé. To reminisce the future by sharing bread and stories. For Folkestone Triennial
Memorial of The National Museum of Civil Protection, Algiers
Production grant from Sharjah Art Foundation
Sharjah Art Foundation Collection, Sharjah
Frac Centre-Val de Loire, France
MATHAF, Arab Museum Of Modern Art