ZABANA, INSHALLAH, resulted as an initial collaboration with RSF (Restaurators without borders) for the dismantling process of several wings of the Museé National Ahmed Zabana in Oran-Algeria.
The project consists of a video filmed at the École des Beaux Arts de Oran and a set of photographs taken at the Museé Ahmed Zabana in Oran, Algeria. Both buildings are part of the same compound and share adjacent walls.
The photo work has been developed from single and composite images taken during the dismantling process of the archeological wing of the museum. These images reveal the museum in ruins trough the gestures and movements developed by the workers of the museum. An institution that was part of the encyclopedic and Western colonial program exercised by the French in Algeria.
The video is a cinematic reading of the walls and sculptural works in a classroom at the École des Beaux Arts. The artworks made by the students relate to the same principles and predicaments of the 19th century French Academia, continuing with the same structures, the same posses of a late and aged academicism framing nowadays non-Caucasian features and pronounced orientalist looks.