Katia Kameli is a French Algerian artist, director and producer based in Paris. After studying in Vienna, she graduated from the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Bourges and then, in 2003, she earned a postgraduate degree in New Media from the Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Marseille.
Katia Kameli’s work and her personal experience intertwine so much that the artist’s hybrid character affects the interpretation of the work. Indeed, thanks to the multiplicity of the medium she uses (video, photography, installation, and even drawing), she explores and investigates the ‘in-between’ space of dual identities with which she has been and is constantly confronted.
Indeed, as a French-Algerian artist she is caught between several vises. On the one hand, she faces a historic duality characterized by the French colonization of Algeria. On the other hand, North Africans swing between their geographical affiliation and their common cultural identity with the Middle East. Furthermore, most of the time, traditions clash with nowadays modernity.
However, in her richly mixed media art works, every element such as sound, videos and photographic installations, contribute to emphasize the artist’s discourse. Kameli allows for different levels of understanding and interpretation.