The road to democratisation in Tunisia is rugged and rocky. Realising the aims of the January 2011 rebellion, like for instance introducing personal freedom, is more difficult than initially expected. The revolution is not yet completed. The exhibition “Rosy Future” provides an insight into contemporary art practices in post-revolutionary Tunisia.
All artists selected for this project live and work in Tunisia. They all have been witnesses or active participants of the historical changes from January 2011. In their artworks they respond to events occurring within their social and political environment. They highlight conflicts that had been concealed or conserved during the dictatorial past and that now re-emerge after the revolution. They address antagonisms within the society, contrasts between the traditional rural population and modern Western-oriented urban dwellers, conflicts between Tunisian men and women, and controversies between supporters of a secular state and Islamic fundamentalists, which quite often turn violent. Participating artists: Mohamed Ben Slama, Mohamed Ben Soltane, Aïcha Filali , Faten Gaddes, Moufida Fedhila, Mouna Jemal Siala, Sonia Kallel, Halim Karabibene, Mouna Karray, Nicène Kossentini, Hela Lamine, Patricia K. Triki and Rania Werda.