Born in in Tunis, Héla Ammar is a visual artist, PHD graduate in law. She is directly inspired by her daily life to bring her vision on subjects such as the image and the feminine identity in the Arabic Mediterranean cultures.
Her photographs and installations question the notion of memory and identity by challenging the conventional social, political and religious references. The artist highlights memory through the archive.
Author of « Corridors » (2015), a photo book on tunisian prisons, and co-author of “Siliana Syndrome” (2013), a survey on death row in Tunisia, she developed a whole artwork around the prison environment.
Her work has been showcased in various international biennals and exhibitions including the Biennal of the Contemporary Arab World Photographers (Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, 2017), Dak’art Biennal 2016, MuCem (Marseille, 2015), Bamako Encounters (2015 and 2017), Off Biennal Cairo (2015), International Photography Encounters of Fes (2015), Dak’art Biennal (2014), the 27th Instants Vidéo (Festival numérique et poétique, Marseille (2014), World Nomads New York (2013), Les rencontres photographiques d’Arles (2013), Dream City (Tunisia, 2010, 2012 and 2017).
A selection of her series is now part of the British museum (London) and the Arab World Institute (Paris) permanent collection.
Héla Ammar lives and works in Tunis.