Born in Sfax (Tunisia) in 1970, Mouna Karray studied cinema and photography in Tunis (1989-1993) and in Tokyo (1997-2002). During her time in Japan her work followed an autobiographical route, with notably the series Tokyo my Love (2001) and Identity at Stake (2002, current). The artist has also taught photography and curated exhibitions in Tunisia. She has been received as resident at the Centre d’Art Vivant at Rades (Tunisia) in 2004, the Cite Internationale des Arts (Paris) in 2005 and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation (Umbria, Italy) in 2007.
Mouna Karray has been exhibiting frequently in museums and biennales such as Le Musée de la Ville de Tunis in 2006, the Museum of Contemporary and Modern Art in Algiers (MAMA) in 2008, the Quai Branly Museum in Paris in 2009, the Palace of Fine Arts in Brussels and at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts de Marseille in 2011. Additionally, she exhibited her series Murmurer in her last solo show at Elmarsa gallery in 2011. In 2012, she has participated in the exhibition “#COMETOGETHER: LONDON”, organized by Edge of Arabia. She has also taken part in international shows in Europe, Africa and the Middle East including Les rencontres africaines de la photographie in Bamako, the 30th Pontevedra Biennial in Spain and the 2nd Lumumbashi Biennial in Congo. Moreover, Karray’s works are showcased in the traveling exhibition “Heaven, Hell, Purgatory Revisited by Contemporary African Artists, The Divine Comedy” curated by Simon Njami at the MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main in Germany.