Mohamed Kouaci is thought to be the only Algerian photographer to have documented the entire Algerian struggle and the early years of independence. A self-taught photographer, he was head of the photography service at the Information Ministry of the G.P.R.A. (Provisional Government of the Algerian Republic) from 1958 to 1962.
In this talk, Adel Ben Bella, shares rare photographs from the Kouaci archive that includes portraits of historical figures and revolutionaries such as Frantz Fanon, Che Guevara and Fidel Castro along with images of the role of female soldiers, life in the refugee camps, the A.L.N (Algerian Liberation Army) military bases, and the first few days of Algeria’s independence in July 1962.
Adel Ben Bella, independent scholar
Registration for this event includes the 3pm screening of La Zerda ou les chants de l’oubli (Zerda or the Songs of Forgetting)