Born in Tunis where he lives and works, ismaël is a filmmaker, visual artist and writer.
He produced several audiovisual works (artistic, experimental, fictional, and documentary videos.) One of them is Babylon, in 2012, co-directed with Youssef Chebbi and Alaeddine Slim (Grand Prix du Festival International du Cinéma FIDMarseille), and Leïla’s blues, in 2018, co-directed with Fateme Ahmadi (Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, Cannes festival). He has also produced several films including The last of us directed by Alaeddine Slim (Lion du Future at la Mostra de Venise 2016 and Tunisian participation in the Oscars of 2018).
In the field of photography, he has exhibited his works in the Centre National d’Art Vivant de Tunis, in the Art O’clock fair (Paris), the galeries A. Gorgi (Tunis), Venise Cadre (Casablanca), Le Cube (Rabat), l’espace d’art Le moulin (la Vallette-du-Var), la Friche Belle de Mai (Marseilles), la Maison de l’image (Tunis)…
His videos have been diffused at the Centre National d’Arts Vivants de Tunis, la galerie Talmart in Paris, la Muestra Continental de Video Arte in Ecuador…
ismaël has published an essay on Cinema in Tunisia and a collection of poems in a review, lettres à la mort, as well as several texts, poems and critics, in various Tunisian and international print and virtual media.
His different works have been screened, exhibited and diffused in the New York Museum of Modern Art, the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Marseille, le Bal in Paris, le Centre International in Brussels, le Moulin à la Valette du Var, the Institute of Contemporary Arts of London, the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, la Cinémathèque Nationale de Mexico, the gallery Momenta (New York)…
Ismaël took part in residency programs in la Villa Romana (Florence), la Cité Internationale des Arts (Paris), Trankat Art Residency (Tetouan), Sextant et plus (Marseille), and Film Station et Backstory (Beirut).
Born with an ocular deficiency, his artistic and theoretical work essentially revolves around the questioning of the image and its political shaping in a globalized world. His predilected themes are marginality, imprisonment, contemporary loneliness …
• “Image Politics. ismaël in conversation with Wafa Gabsi” in Ibraaz
• “ismaël, un artiste arpenteur du monde” in leSiteInfo
• “Les yeux pour le dire” de Olivia Marsaud in afriqueinvisu
• “ismaël, de cinéma et de Politiques” par Hajar Chokairi in ONORIENTOUR