Born in Tangier, Morocco in 1994, Kaoutar Chaqchaq is an author. She is also a doctoral student in sociology of literature at the University of Paris VIII since January 2022.
She has been interested in the Moroccan literary scene since the end of the 1990s, and in particular, in the constraints that frame the aesthetic strategies of writers of fictional novels, and in the forms that their representations of reality take, in a postcolonial context.
In 2016, together with Malek Lakhal (politician and writer, Tunisia) and Myriam Amri (anthropologist, Tunisia), she founded the literary collective Asameena, supported by an online publication and followed by an annual print issue from November 2022. The objective of the collective is to open an alternative editorial space dedicated to the publication of free-form literary texts, as well as critical texts.
Asameena is also a community of support for authors interested in the relationship between our writing practices and our intimate and political conditions in postcolonial contexts, particularly in North Africa.
As an author of literary and critical texts, Kaoutar Chaqchaq explores the relationship between ethics, positionalities, and fiction writing. She is interested in the ways in which traces of intimate and political experiences, subjective and barely lived, and therefore difficult to decipher, can be transposed into forms of literary narration.
She regularly collaborates in projects at the intersection of writing and other expressive practices (movement, visual arts, sound arts). She also runs writing workshops in Casablanca and Rabat since 2018.