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Recreation from the Casbah in Algiers
Focusing on her native Algiers, Amina Menia creates installations and sculptures that investigate the relations between historical memory, urban space, and architecture. In a series titled “Extra Muros,” which Menia has been developing since 2005, she creates and proposes interventions in historically charged sites around the city. She focuses on derelict spaces and those in flux, such as decaying colonial buildings and construction sites, often employing scaffolding in her installations. “They are the exact metaphor of the suspended, the in-between, the vanishing… they give me flexibility for a relational aesthetic, adapted for each situation,” she has said. Although many of her projects remain unrealized due to bureaucratic difficulties, Menia maintains an archive of her projects and proposals that capture the sense of historical contingency that she addresses.
Algerian , b. 1976, Algiers, Algeria