lives in Brussels and works between Brussels and Algiers.
Yasmina Reggad is an independent curator, writer and performance artist based in Brussels, Belgium. She holds an MA in Medieval History from the Sorbonne University. She co-funded and is currently the curator of aria (artist residency in algiers). She previously worked at the Delfina Foundation and Art Dubai Projects. Reggad is the co-curator of the French Pavilion at the 59th Venice Biennale, represented by artist Zineb Sedira.
Her research and projects focus on the politics of futurity, investigates alternative systems of knowledge and artistic modes of production, and explores performative methodologies inspired by dance and performance notations.
In the past years, Reggad has developed personal projects that span different genres from lecture-performance to dance pieces and sound intervention. This series of performances and scores that are based on unconventional audio-visual and documentary archives, operate as an alternative to the practice of essay writing. The site-specific performance she refused to be what she was told she was (2018, The Breeder Gallery, Athens/Greece) activates artworks by artist Navine G. Khan-Dossos; IF-THEN GOTO (2017, Art Dubai, UAE), in collaboration with dancer Lana Fahmi, is a choreographic algorithm based on the diagrams, instructions and the performance archive of the late Emirati artist Hassan Sharif.
The first two episodes of the long-term research we dreamt of utopia and we woke up screaming, that takes as a starting point the radio broadcasts of the liberation movements based in Algeria in the 60s and 70s, has recently been staged at Kaaistudio’s (Belgium), Jeu de Paume (France), Tabakalera International Centre for Contemporary Culture (Spain) and Biennale Warszawa (Poland).
Yasmina Reggad is a 2019-2020 Fellow of the Sundance Institute Theatre Program.
Reggad also works as dramaturge and has collaborated with choreographer Ioanna Angelopoulou, dancer-choreographer Trajal Harrell and performance artist Carlos Azeredo Mesquita.
As a curator, Reggad has conceived exhibitions, screenings, performances, educational programmes and talks at international institutions such as CENTQUATREPARIS (France), Tate Modern (UK), Institute of Contemporary Arts (UK) and DJART Biennial (Algeria), and she regularly contributes essays on contemporary art and performance art.