Born in 1972 in Lyon, lives and works in Lyon.
Trained at the École des Beaux-Arts in Lyon as well as in alternative arts and live performances, the visual artist readily lends herself to the game of performance, a practice she has kept from her years as an actress in Ariane Mnouchkine's troupe.
As a performer, video artist and visual artist, M'barka places her body at the centre of her artistic reflection. She constantly questions contemporary society, preconceptions, traditions and the formatting of thought. The artist is interested in her Tunisian roots and does not hesitate to stage her family, particularly in her video work.
M'barka draws. She fills in notebooks with shapes from her imagination and magazine images that she collects. Exquisite cadavers that mix and overlap without an imposed narrative. M'barka's compositions question the notion of space and offer a gentle reflection on our times.
The works she presents at the gallery are photographs from the video Now I'm White. In it, the artist questions the place of the black body by drawing inspiration from the practice of "blackface" and the minstrel shows, the racist spectacles of the 19th century. The images she draws from them take us to another imagination, another history.
A Fleur de Peau, Now I'm White, Manufacture des Tabacs, Université Lyon III – France
A perte de vue, « Journée Mondiale de la culture Africaine et Afrodescendante », Maison des Étudiants de la Métropole de Lyon – France
C'est Beau la Campagne, La MAPRAA, Maison des Arts Plastiques et Visuels Auvergne Rhône- Alpes, Lyon – France
Phénomènes Visibles, Galerie La MéduZe, Lyon – France
Faim du Monde, Espace Cuba, Lyon – France
Une Aventure Ici, Créafactory, Agence Événementiel Friche Les tanneries, Lyon – France
Paris, Berlin, New York..., Galerie Test du Bailler, Lyon – France
Kiss Me, Galerie Zoppa, Lyon – France
Galeristes, 31 PROJECT, Paris – France
Small, 31 PROJECT, Paris – France
Messe pour le temps présent, variations (Curated by Charlotte Lidon), 31 PROJECT, Paris - France
Pour en Finir Avec, Les Transversales, Chapelle des Cordeliers, Crest – France
#EXPÉRIENCE 1, Le Percolateur, Friche Les tanneries, Lyon – France
Lyon Biennial of Contemporary Art, Là où les eaux se mêlent, curated by the Palais de Tokyo under the direction of Yoann Gourmel, visual artist
University of Lyon III, Manufacture des Tabacs, Masterclass and performance work on identity and skin colour in connection with the exhibition Now I'm White/ A Fleur De Peau
Fondation Albert Gleizes/Moly-Sabata, Exposition Glaise Rousse – Curated by Joël Riff visual artist
Centre d'Art Contemporain " La Halle des Bouchers ", Direction Marc Bembekoff, visual artist and cultural mediator
Médiation culturelle Art Contemporain, Lyon
Formation de l’acteur– Compagnie Théâtre du Soleil, Ariane Mnouchkine, Paris
1994 - 1997
Formation- École Nationale Supérieur d’Art Dramatique, Lyon
1990 - 1993
DNAP, ENSBA, Lyon