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Series of Events | Thinking Algeria at 60: Images from a Revolution

Thinking Algeria

Thursday, October 27 –
Friday, October 28, 2022

~ October 12-28, 2022 | Photography Exhibit | "Mohamed Kouaci: Vision(s) of Algeria" | Curated by Adel Ben Bella | Atrium Gallery at the Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, 154 Angell Street, Providence, RI

~ October 27, 2022, 7:00-10:00 p.m | Opening Reception | "Film and the Algerian Revolution" presented by Olivier Hadouchi | Stephen Robert Hall, Watson Institute, 280 Brook Street, Providence, RI

~ October 28, 2022, 10:00 a.m. - 5:40 p.m. | Symposium | "From Revolution to Independence: A Visual Inquiry" | Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute, 111 Thayer Street, Providence, RI

July 5, 2022, marked 60 years since Algeria's independence. In time for this anniversary, we wish to look at this history through the prism of photography and reflect on the construction of modern Algeria through the tensions and the potential avenues encapsulated in the terms "revolution," "independence," and "decolonization" in a visual conversation.

Sponsored by:
Center for Middle East Studies 

Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Department of Modern Culture and Media
Black Visualities Initiative at the Cogut Institute for the Humanities
The Department of French and Francophone Studies
Magic Lantern Cinema 
Centre National de la Cinématographie et de l'Audio-visuel (CNCA)

Center for Middle East Studies

Photography Exhibit 

"Mohamed Kouaci: Vision(s) of Algeria" 

Curated by Adel Ben Bella, the photography exhibit centers on the work of Algerian photographer Mohamed Kouaci. Kouaci was one of the very few Algerian photographers to document the entire Algerian War of Independence (1954-1962) on the FLN (Front de Libération Nationale) side as well as the first few years (1962-1965) of the new Algerian Nation. A self-taught practitioner born in Blida, Algeria, Kouaci was head of the photography service at the Information Ministry of the GPRA (Gouvernement Provisoire de la République Algérienne) as well as the sole photographer and photo editor of the FLN newspaper, El Moudjahid, from 1958 until 1962. Although unable to enter his country during most of the war due to the French colonial army’s sealing of Algeria's borders with Morocco and Tunisia starting in 1957, Kouaci’s work created a powerful and lasting vision of Algeria and the narrative of its revolution.

Film Screenings

7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Opening Reception | Agora, Stephen Robert Hall, Watson Institute
8:00 - 10:00 p.m. "Film and the Algerian Revolution" presented by Olivier Hadouchi, film curator and independent researcher Olivier Hadouchi. A short documentary and archival films from the time of the Algerian War of Independence | True North Room, Stephen Robert Hall, Watson Institute.


"Algeria, from Revolution to Independence: A Visual Inquiry" continues on October 28, 2022 at the Watson Institute, Joukowsky Forum.