an investigative photo documentary

Exclusive 19-page photo essay from our investigative journalist team in collaboration with award-winning photojournalist Youcef Krache. Location: Algiers, Algeria Copyright Wondereur 2021.

MEET with artist Narimane Mari curated by award-winning curator Catherine Sicot.

Mari title
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THE ALGERIAN WAR WAS A FIGHT FOR FREEDOM.
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In Algeria, we tend to forget this. Sometimes I just want to say, ‘Look at your children. Look at their energy, see how powerful, free and full of life they are.’
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CHILDREN ARE NOT AWARE OF RULES.
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I did this film with children called Bloody Beans. It’s about the War of Independence but I didn’t want to reenact the events. It is a fantasmagorical view of war and the fight for freedom.
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WHEN YOU WANT TO BE FREE, YOU HAVE TO NOT CARE ABOUT THE RULES.
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My mother is Spanish, which is like being French in Algeria. She fell in love with an Algerian and all her family rejected her.
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ALL OF THIS STILL HURTS. IT’S NOT A QUIET STORY.
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When I was 13, I wanted to be a war photographer. I had seen a movie about a war photographer in Nicaragua and I thought, ‘I want to do that and I will stop the war.’
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I became a film producer. I love producing the work of other people. For me it’s very easy: I like problems, I like noise, I like travels, I like all that, especially trying to figure out a way to make things happen.
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I WAS NEVER FASCINATED WITH CINEMA BUT MORE WITH LIFE ITSELF.
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Living in the city, we’re all anonymous, but in fact we are the same. There is something in movement between all of us together.
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WE SHOULD STOP AND JUST LOOK. IT’S INCREDIBLE.
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FOR ME, CINEMA IS A TOOL FOR EXPLORATION.
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I always spent a lot of time in the street, chatting with people. The first time I took the camera, I was afraid to lose this connection, this direct relationship with the people I met.
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Now, I realize that I don’t have to think about the camera, I just put it exactly where I see something. And then, there’s always something else, and it never stops.
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I’M JUST REALLY, REALLY CURIOUS. IF THERE’S A DOOR, I’LL HAVE TO OPEN IT.