© Amine Boussoffara
"Tunisian Revolution" by the Collective Dégage
From March 2 to 11 / Grütli
"Dégage!" - "Clear off!" - angry Tunisians shouted at their autocratic president, Ben Ali. That shout continues to resonate, with equal force, on the other side of the Mediterranean - Tunis, Paris, Milano, Berlin, and Brussels - and has now reached the Grütli Arts Centre for the tenth edition of the FIFDH. "Dégage!" This is the name chosen by a collective of 12 young Tunisian photographers - amateurs and professionals - when they launched their exhibition entitled La Révolution tunisienne [the Tunisian Revolution], an unprecedented look at the crucial moments of the Arab Spring.
Conceived and directed by curator Leila Souissi, this photographic project came into existence while demonstrations were still rocking Tunis and other places such as Kasserine, Thala and of course, Sidi Bouzid, the birthplace of the uprising. Given the fact that at the time no Tunisian news medium had had the courage to publish a single report or photo of the "Jasmine Revolution," these images today constitute a unique historical document.The exhibition offers a selection of 28 exclusive photos, taken from a DVD containing around 200 shots, which can be viewed in continuous loop and without restriction.
Photos by: Belaïd Akram, Samoud Adib, Boussoffara Amine, Saïdi Hanène, Chebbi Heithem Lahiani Rafaa, Temimi Rim, Chaabane Saif, Tlili Sélim, Hamrouni Yassine, Henchiri Zeineb, Douraï Rania.
Curator of the exhibition: Leila Souissi