As part of the democratic transition that Tunisia had made since the 2011 revolution, the young photographer Wassime Gozlani and the architect Olfa Faki have launched an ambitious development project: a private space dedicated to photography and visual art. The initiative took three years to complete and finally opened its doors in November 2014. Located in Mutuelleville, a few kilometers from central Tunis, this project aims to create a dynamic urban center across three neighborhoods suffering from an employment shortage. Another major challenge is to change the image of the city in the eyes of its people.
La Maison de L’Image, as its name suggests, does not limit itself to photography, instead raising awareness through several different media. The young couple wanted for it to be an interactive space with activities related both to photography and the visual arts. This multidisciplinary space is at once a center of documentation, an exhibition space, a training center, a cultural exchange platform and a residence for artists.
“La maison de l’Image is designed to be open and responsive, able to attract artists who will teach new generations of photographs and art professionals about the image,” says Wessim Ghozalni.
The premises are devoted to experimentation and documentation, open to anyone who wishes learn about the techniques of the image, the practice of photography, educational projects and to discover artistic creation in the visual and digital arts through specialized training sessions and workshops. The Maison de l’Image is divided into three spaces: the photo studio, the “anticafé,” and a reception area. The Maison de l’Image is also home to an impressive library filled with works about the history and technique of photography, essays and publications in foreign languages. Visitors to the bookstore can purchase multiple items related to the image.
La Maison de l’Image is sure to become an important player on the local and international photography scene, as well as a highlight of Tunis.