Nobody Will Talk About Us by Mouna Karray

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34º20 ‘59.2″N 8º20’11.7″E, II. From the series Nobody witll talk about us, 2012-2015. © Mouna Karray

Between 2012 and 2015 Mouna Karray created a photographic series entitled Nobody Will Talk About Us. She imagined an unidentified body confined in a white bag, moving across a mineral landscape in the Tunisian South. Karray integrated this disturbing figure in her photographs of the beautiful and wide southern landscape, thereby unsettling both the landscape and the beholder. The figure embodies the solitude, confinement, and restrictions of the people of the region in their difficult conditions. By bringing the captive body to Basel Mouna Karray intends to give the figure and its struggles, its encounters and its displacements a more universal meaning.

This is the first time the artist stages her figures in public space, not as a mise-en-scène for her photography, as is usually the case, but as a stand alone public performance.