Princess

Dalila Dalléas Bouzar is an Algerian artist born in 1974 in Oran, also known by the pseudonym of Louzla Darabi, used for a few years.

His works are exhibited regularly, notably in France, Algeria, and Germany.

At the Museum of World Culture in Gothenburg, Sweden, in 2005, one of his paintings, Love Scene, presented as part of the No Name Fever exhibition, was removed under pressure from fundamentalist threats.

She has also participated in international exhibitions such as the Dakar Biennale in 2010 and 2016.

Without quite knowing why, I have a strange relationship with her Country.

I’ve never been there actually.

Everything prompted me to be more interested in Morocco, moreover visited several times: my great-grandfather, then my grandfather had served there as officers, the first under Lyautey, the second between the two world wars, with the mission of mapping the country. In spite of the sickness that the swaying dromedaries could cause him …

Algeria, it’s different. My father-in-law was also an officer there. But from this service, it is less easy – perhaps it is unfair but it is so – to honor yourself …

But above all, there was for me the discovery of Camus!

And one winter day, not long ago, Algeria and an education in Algiers …

So, like the Petit Poucet, I crush my little stones: The First Man, Karnak Café, Women of Algiers

When will I go there? Discover this Country that I love without actually knowing it? …

“Learning to draw is learning to see” says Dalila Dalléas Bouzarelle.

The album Algérie année 0 (2012), reflection on the place of violence in the history of the country, bears witness to this: relying on photographic archives of the war, the artist underlines a trait, erases another, introduces spots of color here and there, acrylic yellow, pink, orange too …

And through drawing, history is developed.

In 2017, she saw herself awarding the L’art est vivant prize at the Art Paris Art Fair, at the Grand Palais in Paris for this “series of Princesses”.

Inspired by photographs, identity photos taken by Marc Garanger on behalf of the French army in the regroupment villages, these forced portraits of women, forced to pose unveiled, touch the absolute of the intimacy!

To discover, absolutely!


Iconography: Princess, oil on canvas, 2015-16, exhibition view at Dak’art, Senegal ©: Dalila Dalléas


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