Born in 1973, in Paris, Mouna J. Siala lives and works in Tunis, where she has been teaching visual arts at the Institut supérieur des Beaux-Arts since 1998. She received her Masters in Visual Arts, with a specialization in engraving, in 1995, at the Technological Art, Architecture and Urbanism Institute. In 2002, she was awarded a doctorate in Art and Science of Art from the Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne.
Multidisciplinary artist, concerned with preserving the memory of her personal life. Mouna J. Siala puts photography at the heart of her work. She is inspired by her own history, in order to deal with issues concerning identity, especially that of the Tunisian woman, in the historical and political context of her country.
Since 1993, Mouna J. Siala has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Tunisia, as well as in museums and institutions in France, Germany, Spain, Belgium, and the United States. She has received several national and international awards, including the Grand Prize of the Médina of Tunisia, in 2005, the National Prize of Merit within the domain of Arts and Sciences, in 2009, and the prize offered by the Minister of Culture at Dak’Art, in 2010. She also participated in the Rencontres de Bamako, and the Pan-African Festival of Algiers in 2009. Her work has been exhibited several times at the Dakar Biennials and at the Casablanca Biennial in 2012.
Mouna Jemal Siala
La sphère transparente
printed on Canson rag photographic, 120 x 120 cm
©Mouna Jemal Siala