Born in Paris from Tunisian parents in 1982, Boutheyna Bouslama is a filmmaker and a visual artist who lives and works between Istanbul, Paris, and Geneva. Her practice is based on personal archives and experiences creating collective memory, reflective of the current society.
She studied Visual arts in The Monaco Art School then in 2010 she obtained her Masters with a double major in Visual Arts and Cinema from the University of Art and Design of Geneva, where she worked as a teaching assistant/lecturer. In 2012, with a publication of 2000 facsimiles of resident permits, disseminated in public space in Geneva, she obtained the Berthoud Prize for visual arts. In 2014, and two weeks after deportation, she won the prize of The Geneva Fine Arts Society, with an installation depicting the emotional struggles with stricter immigration laws. Her first long-length documentary film won in 2019 the Golden Sesterce at the documentary film festival Visions Du Réel and in 2020 the Prix Soleure.