Mouna Karray

Artist in residency
May 8 to May 31, 2017


In 2004, after her father’s death, Mouna Karray began photographing her mother in the privacy of her bedroom. Over the years, this photographic gesture has become a ritual. From this complicity between mother and daughter, born a series of analog photographs in black&white, that the artist keeps preciously.

Later, Mouna Karray decided to film and record the voice of this woman who tells her story following a common thread, that of sewing which was also that of her emancipation in Tunisia in the second half of the 20th century. It is through the sewing patterns that the mother of the artist tells her intimate, family and collective memory.

The starting point of this story is the pattern of sewing where feminine lines are sketched, then the pieces of a garment that will soon take shape and life come together. This is how Mouna Karray wants to represent the existence of her mother by gathering fragments of memory to sketch the story of her life



Born in 1970 in Sfax, Tunisia, Mouna Karray studied art and culture in Tunis before moving to Tokyo to complete an MA specialising in photography at the Tokyo Institute of Polytechnics and Arts in 2002. Currently living and working between Paris and Sfax, Karray merges socio-political themes with personal experience to explore constructions of identity and memory.