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Contesting ViewsThe Visual Economy of France and Algeria$
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Edward Welch and Joseph McGonagle

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781846318849

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781846318849.001.0001

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Bridging the Gap: Representations of the Mediterranean Sea

Bridging the Gap: Representations of the Mediterranean Sea

(p.121) 5 Bridging the Gap: Representations of the Mediterranean Sea
Contesting Views

Edward Welch

Joseph McGonagle

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines the thematisation in contemporary visual culture of movement between France and Algeria, and the lived experience of exile, migration and return for different populations, including Algerian emigrants, pieds-noirs and their descendants. Situating contemporary work in a historical tradition of the iconography of Franco-Algerian migration, it highlights in particular the prominence of the sea and the space of the ferry between Marseilles and Algiers in a variety of visual material, including Elisabeth Leuvrey's documentary La Traversée (2006), and Zineb Sedira's more consciously poetic MiddleSea (2008). It notes how, in both cases, the space of the ferry enables and foregrounds the articulation and exploration of individual and collective identities. The chapter also considers representations of the Mediterranean Sea from Algerian shores, exploring the different ways in which the Mediterranean Sea has also been imagined as barrier as well as diasporic space.

Keywords:   Migration, Exile, Travel, Border, Crossing, In-between, Diaspora

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