PHOTOGRAPHY: Noir (2013) by Mouna Karray

Jun 4, 2014 • Art, TunisiaNo Comments

Tunisian photographer Mouna Karray past work has toyed with her exploration of self identity. Her recent series ‘Noir’ (Darkness) addresses the topic of confinement. The self portraits show Karray posing in different positions while her body is completely wrapped in a white sheet.

The exposure of her hand to control the camera shutter symbolizes liberation. In an interview with French magazine ‘The Eye’, Karray explains ‘One day in Sfax, I saw a rooster on the bus. A man had bought it alive at the market and was carrying it in a plastic bag. The rooster struggled in the bag throughout the ride. It is while we are confined and under duress that we act.”

Karray began the series in 2011 after the Tunisian revolution. Her work has been featured in the 2007 and 2011 Bamako Biennale and the Photoquai festival in 2009, as well as in Marseille in 2013, during its stint as the European Capital of Culture.

In the series Noir, which Karray began in 2011 following the Tunisian revolution, the photographer addresses confinement. In eight square-format black-and-white photographs, Karray appears wrapped in a white sheet, striking different positions. Only her hand is visible, releasing the shutter. “My body is imprisoned, confined, but creative nonetheless,” Karray explains. “One day in Sfax, I saw a rooster on the bus. A man had bought it alive at the market and was carrying it in a plastic bag. The rooster struggled in the bag throughout the ride. It is while we are confined and under duress that we act.”

View the images below:


Noir_7-6 Noir_8-9 Noir_4-3 Noir_2-5 Noir_6-4 Noir_1-2 Noir_5-7 Noir_3-8

To learn more about the work of Mourna Karray, visit http://www.mounakarray.com.

Excerpts from: http://www.loeildelaphotographie.com

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