Amina Zoubir taking a stance on berber queens – history and mythology.

Södertälje Konsthall, Södertälje, Sweden
30 Apr 2020 - 27 Jun 2020

View of Amina Zoubir taking a stance on berber queens: history and mythology at Södertälje Konsthall, 2020. (2) Amina Zoubir, My body is not for sale, 2020. Collages on paper, 24 x 30 cm. (3) Amina Zoubir, Forgotten figure #Kahena, 2014. White plaster sculpture, 22 x 14 x 10 cm. (4) Amina Zoubir, Forgotten figure #Lalla N'soumer. Installation of wallpaper. (5) Amina Zoubir, Forgotten figure #Tin Hinan (detail), 2020. White plaster and paper, variable dimensions. © Amina Zoubir, ADAGP Paris.

The exhibition Amina Zoubir taking a stance on berber queens: history and mythology, within the more extensive Ernest Mancoba exhibition, at Södertälje konsthall is the first solo show of the artist in Sweden.

It shows a selection of sculptures, collages, drawings, wallpaper together with an installation of research compiled by the artist during the last three years. It presents the latest chapter in her ongoing exploration of female representation and women’s history in North Africa through colonial imagery and images of the Berber queens Tin Hinan (4th century), Kahina Dihya (7th century) and Lalla N’Soumer (1830-1863). Queens who ruled matriarchal societies in the Maghreb but whose history has been neglected in Algerian school education.

Algerian visual artist and videomaker, Amina Zoubir works on the notion of body and its interactions in public spaces to question and analyse social and historical thoughts in the Maghreb, North Africa. Through her installations and performances, she make reference to the behavioral transfer of the individuals’ unconscious when they evolve in predetermined spaces by socio-political norms and cultural codifications, while her intention seeks to create a distorsion in order to thwart the established order. Through her poetic artistry to view on the human/animal/object body, she pushes us to reflect on the established rules of our contemporary society. Her artworks bring constructive looks and pushes forward the evolution of contemporary society, in particular Algerian society.






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