Special Event

Wednesday Walkthrough: Hamid Zénati with Sheyda Aisha Khaymaz

24 July 2024
Free to all

Diasporic Imaginations in Algerian Art: From Aouchem to Zénati

Diasporic Imaginations in Algerian Art: From Aouchem to Zénati

Join us for a Wednesday Walkthrough – a gallery tour where artists, experts, researchers and academics give short talks in their field of expertise relating to the concepts explored in our exhibitions.

In Galleries 3 & 4 we are currently presenting the second-ever institutional exhibition of Algerian- German artist Hamid Zénati (b.1944, Algeria; d.2022, Germany) following his solo debut at Haus der Kunst, Munich. Celebrating Zénati's nearly sixty-year career, this major survey casts him as an inventive, free thinker and artist of his time.

This walkthrough will introduce the visual milieu of post-independence Algeria through a comparative lens on Zénati and the artist group Aouchem. Algeria's history under French occupation and subsequent political turmoil, including the War for Independence of the 1960s and The Civil War of the 1990s, forced many native artists to seek refuge in European cities, which, in turn, informed their artistic expressions.

Both Aouchem artists and Zénati employed motifs, signs, and colours derived from Amazigh and Algerian visual traditions in distinctive ways. Their oeuvre reflects a deep engagement with these elements, utilising them to express cultural identity and attachment to their homeland despite their displacement. This walkthrough invites participants to think about Zénati’s work in tandem with Aouchem’s use of symbols, situating both within the broader context of modern Algerian art and illustrating the mechanisms by which diasporic aesthetic languages are formed.

Sheyda Aisha Khaymaz is an artist, curator, and PhD candidate in Art History at The University of Texas at Austin, specializing in modern and contemporary art from the north of Africa. Their doctoral dissertation, Indigenous Presentness: Translocal Politics of Amazigh Art and Resistance, focuses on the manifold expressions of indigeneity and Indigenous philosophies in art and explores the nexus between Amazigh artistic expression and sovereignty movements across the Indigenous territories known as Tamazgha.

Khaymaz is the 2023 recipient of the Rhonda A. Saad Prize for Best Paper in Modern and Contemporary Arab Art, awarded by the Association for Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab World, Iran, and Turkey (AMCA), and the 2022 Mark Tessler Graduate Student Prize Award, awarded for the best paper by the American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS). In 2023, they completed a curatorial research fellowship at the Modern and Contemporary Art Department at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and were awarded a curatorial residency at Tate Modern, London, in 2024.


Find information about getting here and our building access and facilities here.

This event will be held in the Galleries. Meet at Reception.

Speakers will use microphones.

This event is wheelchair accessible.

If you have any questions around access or have specific access requirements we can accommodate, please get in touch with us by emailing info@nottinghamcontemporary.org or phoning 0115 948 9750.

This listing is supplied by one of our museum partners and is not moderated by Art Fund.

Get a National Art Pass and explore Nottingham Contemporary

You'll see more art and your membership will help museums across the UK

National Art Pass offers available at Nottingham Contemporary

10% off in shop

Expires: 1 Jan 2025

IndividualTiana Clarke Please note this is an example card and not a reflection of the final product

Visitor information


Nottingham Contemporary

Weekday Cross, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG1 2GB
01159 489750

Free to all

Opening times

Tue-Sat 10am-6pm
Sun 11am-5pm
Bank holidays 10am-5pm

Closed Mondays, except for bank holidays during exhibitions

Galleries may be closed prior to a new exhibition opening. Please check Nottingham Contemporary’s website.

Visitor information

IndividualTiana Clarke Please note this is an example card and not a reflection of the final product

The more you see, the more we do.

The National Art Pass lets you enjoy free entry to hundreds of museums, galleries and historic places across the UK, while raising money to support them.

Are your sure you want to leave checkout?