With a sharp critical sense, a certain irony, and always a little poetry, Faten develops a reflection committed around the exercise of power, of citizen life or about the media excesses, of what transforms and regulates contemporary society.
Faten Rouissi was born in 1967 in Tunis. Her polymorphic work uses various mediums, including painting, sculpture, textile but also installation, video, performance or happening. Faten changes mediums according to her sensitivity and immediate feeling. Very sensitive to her surroundings, she develops each day a new fragility, which she exteriorizes in a variety of works.
In parallel and in continuity with her artistic life, Faten Rouissi has been teaching arts for about thirty years. She is currently University teacher of Art at ENAU, the National School of Architecture and Urbanism in Sidi Bou Saïd, Tunis.
She obtained a Doctorate in Art Theory and a DEA in Fine Arts from ISBAT- (Higher School of Art of Tunis) and a Master in Graphic Design from ITAAUT- (Institute of Art, Architecture and Urban planning of Tunis).
Between 2009 and 2010, Faten Rouissi has developed a critical observation of her socio-political surroundings which she exteriorized in a variety of works. Her installation "La Grande Lessive", produced as part of DreamCity 2010 in the Medina of Tunis, evokes the need for radical political change in her country.
Since 2011, Faten has carried out various civic actions in the public space including "Art in the street-Art in the neighborhood", "De Colline en Colline", and "Bye Bye Bakchich System". These projects have been carried out in various regions of Tunisia, including Sidi Bou Saïd, Chenini Tataouine, Takrouna and Sousse.
The Badisches Landes Museum in Karlsruhe, Germany, acquired her installation "La grande Lessive" in 2013, evoking with poetry and humor the need for radical political changes in her country.
In 2014, Faten Rouissi received the Dakar Prize of the City of Senegal, as part of the 11th Biennale of Contemporary African Art DAK'ART.
In 2019, Faten Rouissi she opened a private art space at Carthage Med Ali, where we can visit a permanent respective of all of her work.
Faten Rouissi has been quoted in several articles and publications, notably on the ZKM website, which has devoted a biographical page to her, as well as on the La Galerie Africaine website.