2021 — Oran, Algeria – Paris, France
About this series
Reina, my mother, was born and raised in Oran, Algeria, before settling in France after the French-Algerian war. Fifteen years ago, through an online forum, she met Abdelbaki, an Algerian born after the war who had settled in my mother’s childhood district in Oran. Since then, they have not stopped talking, pooling their experiences and memories together to construct a transnational history of the war’s legacy, the city they both belong to and their personal emotions.
At a time when France continues to wrestle with its colonial past, and the tensions in French society that its violent history with Algeria still produce, my project aims to explore memories of the war through a three-way conversation. It combines archives collected and produced by Reina and Abdelbaki, our virtual correspondence as well as still and moving images that I have produced, inspired by their past and our fragile present. I explore flashbacks from my daily life, memories of what I didn’t experience but still feel, the power of the virtual space they created, until our first physical encounter, together in Algeria, on Reina’s first return trip to her childhood home.
Anita Pouchard Serra is a French-Argentinian photojournalist and visual storyteller, based in Buenos Aires and working in Latin-America. Her work revolves around questions about borders and personal territories, and social issues like identity, migration , women’s rights and territory with a transdisciplinary approach from drawing to performance.
National Geographic Emergency Fund Recipient and a Pulitzer Center grantee (2020)
WE WOMEN grantee by Photoville and Women Photograph (2019-2020)
MOVING WALLS fellow by Open Society Foundations ( 2018-2020)
International Women’s Media Foundation grantee and fellow ( 2017/2018/2020).
She has been nominated twice to the 6×6 Global talent program by the World Press photo.
Publications: The New York Times, TIME, Bloomberg, Washington Post, Le Monde, Amnesty, Days Japan, Wired, Geo Magazine among others.
Exhibitions in Argentina, France, Uruguay, Mexico, Spain and USA.
Visual storytelling teacher and lecturer in Argentina with Strudelmedia Live and Pulitzer Center.