During the whole year of the Hirak, one of the most beautiful of my life, almost every week from the end of February 2019 to March 2020 and then from March to May 2021, I went out in Algiers (sometimes in other wilayas) to participate in the marches, shouting as close as possible to my fellow citizens our revolt against a sclerotic system based on injustice, the hoggra, chanting slogans demanding a radical, revolutionary change, a civil and not military state (doula madaniya, machi 3askariya), a free and democratic Algeria (Djazair 7ora democratiya) and also the respect of women's rights, because we knew that our feminist fight had to be at the forefront of the possibility to think a new Algeria. On Fridays, sometimes on Tuesdays during the student marches, then during some night marches especially around the electoral masquerade imposed on the people in December 2019, I always went out with my camera in order to realize a documentary photographic work from inside the movement, different from a journalistic work. I wanted to develop a situated gaze, between docu-activism, visual poetry and creative documentary.
This photographic work has given rise to series, with a recurring theme, that of the participation of women in the movement, women who for many were especially my comrades in struggle of the feminist square in Algiers. I pay tribute to them in this short slideshow made on the occasion of March 8, 2020 and gathering photographs that I took between March 8, 2019 and the end of February 2020.
Slideshow, 6 min, 2020
March 4, 2020: Round Table "The role of women in the Hirak", Folies d'Encre Bookstore, PCMMO-Panorama of Maghreb and Middle East Cinema, Saint-Denis, France.
March 7, 2020: Commemoration of the International Day of Struggle for Women's Rights, Cinematheque of Algiers, Algeria.
December 2, 2021 : FRAC Centre-Val de Loire, Orléans, France.