Promotion Claude Lévi-Strauss ( 2022 - 2024 )
Né à Damascus (République arabe syrienne) en 1987
Amer Albarzawi was born in 1987 in Damascus, Syria. After having been a member of the National Syrian Gymnastics team, he shifted his focus towards dance and performance. He participated in many Arabic and international festivals between 2005 and 2011, all while directing and self-producing his own theater plays and performances. Later specializing in Capoeira, he was a consultant for the association Bidna Capoeira in Raqqa (Syria), Beirut (Lebanon) and Istanbul (Turkey), where he also received production funds from Bidayyat for Audiovisual Arts to direct short films, such as Fade to Black (2015) and Yaman (2015), which he directed with Majooneh, a group of young syrian artists that he founded. Both films shed light on the reality of many Syrians during the past decade using stop motion and pixelation. They both participated in film festivals across the world. In 2017, Amer arrived in France for an eight-month art residency with Programme Nora, and then became a member of the Programme d’Étudiant Invité of the École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (ENSAD). He now continues directing films related to his experience of exile, alienation and the loss of memory.