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Melissa Chemam

Melissa Chemam


Melissa Chemam is a French Algerian freelance journalist and culture writer based in between Paris, Bristol and Marseille, and travelling beyond.


Follow her on Twitter: @melissachemam

Morocco leads the way when it comes to contemporary African art. At the 1-54 fair in London, Moroccan artists have used their platform to raise awareness for the Atlas Mountains villages, still recovering from a devastating earthquake in September.

02 November, 2023

French-Algerian artist Katia Kameli's work exhibits a diverse array of photography, films and other multimedia, showcasing the blind spots of French-Algerian history and interrogating the third space and its transitory nature.

09 June, 2023

An exciting scene of women musicians has emerged in Saudi Arabia. Two filmmakers have decided to document their emergence with a ten-episode series. The result: ‘Herstory’, broadcast on Shahid, the largest streaming platform in South West Asia.

14 April, 2023

Two decades after the invasion of Iraq in 2003, a show of remorse toward the Iraqi people is few and far between. Given this governmental and legislative apathy, a new generation of UK artists has taken it upon themselves to expose the truth.

16 March, 2023

Dor Guez seeks to challenge our perception of his homeland. Over the course of 50 solo exhibitions worldwide, Dor's personal gaze into Palestinian culture, history, and geography through photography, film and archive has been received with acclaim.

01 February, 2023

From London to Bristol via Leeds, Palestinian cinema is celebrated across the UK in the months of November and December. After three difficult years for film festivals and the Palestinian cinematic industry, directors have renewed hope of exposure.

12 December, 2022

The PalArt collective reunites Palestinian artists around London. Supported by Amnesty International UK, last weekend it held a four-day festival at Rich Mix. We spoke with poets, playwrights and participants to find out the festival's importance.

04 November, 2022

Palestinian musician Maya Al Khaldi seams together archival histories, musical theory and rhythmic intuition to dazzling effect. Her latest exhibition, 'Call the Waves' is an ode to the transient; exploring the sound and movements of the Welsh tides.

23 September, 2022

A decade after the revolution in Tunisia, urban art has helped transform the nation’s relations with public spaces. Local artists are encouraged to use Arabic as a means of graffiti. Now, a younger generation is ready to bloom, including women.

05 August, 2022