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IMA Tourcoing : Mon ami n’est pas d’ici


Sub-Saharan Africa and North Africa are not turning their backs on each others. On the contrary, the movements of populations between Arab and black areas have formed spaces of exchange in this part of the world since the dawn of time. This exhibition, which brings together eight young photographers from this region, seeks to question the permanent or migrating presence of populations from sub-Saharan Africa within the countries of North Africa. In a very open research, entrusted to the photographer Bruno Boudjelal, this presentation seeks to arouse the emergence of stories and perspectives in which the presences, sometimes underground, of communities in movement or in the process of installation are expressed with a particular interest for the question of migratory flows. These are not reports but subjective views from the heart of society. Without holding up a mirror to contemporary reality, the exhibition expresses artistic positions and the testimonies of migrants themselves. A geography emerges: Morocco, Algeria, Mauritania, Libya, Egypt, Sudan, carried by the work of photographers for the most part exhibited for the first time in France.


Mon ami n’est pas d’ici

Bruno Boudjelal Curator

From June 6 to August 22, 2021 (subject to change)

As part of the Saison Africa 2020

In partnership with the Institute for Photography

Institut du Monde Arabe – Tourcoing (IMA)

9 Rue Gabriel Péri

59200 Tourcoing, France



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