The Algerian-born academic and author Zahia Rahmani is one of France’s leading art historians and writers of fiction, memoirs, and cultural criticism.
She is the author of a literary trilogy dedicated to contemporary figures of so-called banished men: Moze (Sabine Wespieser Editions, 2003); “Muslim” Novel (Sabine Wespieser Editions, 2005); France, Story of Childhood (Sabine Wespieser Editions, 2006). The US edition of France, Story of Childhood will be published by Yale University Press in 2016. The French Ministry of Culture named her Chevalier of Arts and Letters and as a member of the College of the Diversity.
As an art historian, Rahmani is Director of the Research Program on Art and Globalization at the French National Institute of the History of Art (INHA), an interdisciplinary program that focuses on contemporary art practices in a globalized world and it links many networks in France and abroad. She is the founder and director of INHA’s ambitious Interactive Bibliographic Database, on the globalization of art, its history and theoretical impact. It draws from multiple disciplines including the history of art, politics, geography, and comparative literature. Rahmani is a member of the Global Visual Cultures Academic Committee and she also created the graduate research program at the École Nationale des Beaux-Arts, which she directed from 1999-2002.
Her multi-year international research project at the INHA in Paris and Marseille culminated in Made in Algeria: Genealogy of a Territory, a book and current exhibition of colonial cartography, high and popular visual culture, and contemporary art at the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations (MuCEM), located in Marseille. She is visiting professor at the New-York University Gallatin School of Individualized Study.