For his exhibition at Palais de Tokyo, Massinissa Selmani has followed in the footsteps of Louise Michel in Algeria and New Caledonia, where this legendary figure of anarchism was deported from 1873 to 1880, after the defeat of the Paris Commune. She not only frequented Kanaks there, whose rebellion she supported, but also the Algerians who had been sent there to a penal colony after the insurrections of March 1871 in Kabylia. Thanks to these encounters, Louise Michel struck up friendships with the deported Algerians and promised to visit them. Thus, from October to December 1904, just a few months before her death, she travelled to Algeria, where she gave a series of talks denouncing religion, militarism and colonial violence.

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