Born in June 1969 in Tunis (Tunisia), Héla Ammar is a visual artist and Ph.D graduate in law. She lives and works in Sidi Bou Saïd, Tunisia. Héla’s work combines art and commitment. She finds her inspiration directly in her everyday life to sustain and sharpen her vision on subjects such as the image and feminine identity in the Arabic Mediterranean cultures. Moreover, her photographs and installations question the notion of identity by challenging the conventional social, political and religious references.
Since 2003, Héla took part in numerous solo and group shows in Tunisia and abroad. Her work has been showcased in various international biennales and art fairs including, « Fragments d’une Tunisie contemporaine », MuCem Marseille (2015); Bamako Encounters (2015); Dak’art Biennale (2014); World Nomads New York (2013); Les rencontres photographiques d’Arles (2013); Dream City, Tunisia (2010 and 2012); Marrakech Art Fair (2010); ArtDubai (2008); and ArtParis-AbuDhabi (2007).
Recently, Héla Ammar developed a whole artwork around the prison environment in Tunisia. She is the author of « Corridors » (2015), a photo book on Tunisian prisons, and co-author of « Siliana Syndrome » (2013), a survey on death row in Tunisia.