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Chayma Drira

Guest at Moviment


Born in Saint-Denis, Chayma Drira is a journalist and doctoral researcher at New York University.


After initial training in political theory at Sciences Po Paris, her research lies at the intersection of several disciplinary fields, exploring the complex and conflicting forms of heritagisation of the post-colonial presence in France. Over the past few years, she has been engaged in a transatlantic dialogue between Chicago’s South Side and Seine-Saint-Denis. This seeks to develop new forms of encounters, connections and exchanges between the inhabitants of these areas.
She was a resident of the Villa Albertine in 2022.


For "That which is already there", Chayma Drira leads a series of discussions in French and English between artists, researchers and journalists on the theme "Communities: Chosen or Endured". Together, they will explore ways to develop common factors for a fairer society, on either side of the Atlantic.

In the program

Ateliers Médicis
"That which is already there"


To celebrate Moviment, "That which is already there" presents a host of – mostly original – screenings, conversations and performances, which, together, sum up the Ateliers Médicis project and its commitment to artistic creation based on experience and relationships.


There is the installation of works by Camille Juthier and Luise Schröder, exhibits on a wall like the start of a collection of images, and a set with Étincelle, an interactive media project devised by the young people of Clichy-sous-Bois and Montfermeil.
Each day features films, performances and talks on the chosen subjects: "Communities: chosen or endured" from both sides of the Atlantic, "Proud displays" that applaud artistic creation, and the right of artists, architects and our imaginations to "Step up".
For this year’s Nuit Blanche (All-Nighter), the artist Aristide Barraud takes over the piazza in front of the Centre Pompidou to pay homage to meanderings that are as much sociological as poetic by asking  a question, written on the pavement in large letters: "But who would I be had I grown up somewhere else?"

Communities: chosen or endured

as part of "That which is already there"


Ateliers Médicis sets up a place for dialogue, experimentation, innovation and sharing beyond the usual social and political categories. 
Artists returning from residencies share their stories and perspectives, in the form of conversations or from the stage, through words or performance.


Les Ateliers Médicis construisent un lieu où dialoguer, expérimenter, innover et partager au-delà des catégories sociales et politiques habituelles.   

De retour de résidences, les artistes partagent leurs récits et points de vues, autour de conversations ou sur scène, à travers la parole ou la performance.


Doctoral researcher Chayma Drira gathers numerous people together and sets up a transatlantic correspondence between Clichy-sous-Bois and Chicago, thus instigating an alternative and independent form of diplomacy via the dynamic forces of working-class neighbourhoods. Dancer Michel "Meech" Onomo reinterprets a performance by Faheem Majeed developed at Chicago’s South Side Community Art Center. Actor and theatre director Sébastien Kheroufi shares with Pierre Bourdieu and Peter Handke a compelling need to rid us of our inhibitions, to start with our fantasies in order to destroy them.


Friday, 2 June 2023

To be found in Moviment, chapter 5:

Here and elsewhere

 Wed 31 May – Sun 4 June 2023