Born in Moscow to a Russian mother and an Algerian father, Louisa Babari grew up in Algiers and Moscow. Having graduated from Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales de Paris in Contemporary Studies, Russian Language and Cinema, she lives in Paris. She worked in the fiction department of ARTE (Direction Pierre Chevalier) before devoting herself to her personal projects. She continues to travel in the former USSR developing texts and subsequently, has written scripts for experimental cinema. She has also started her own production company, writing and directing research films. Her artistic production consists of video works, photographic and sound installations, graphic works and sculptures. Her work relates to « form » and discourse with regard to the aesthetic and social changes in former socialist countries, resistance and struggles for independence, exploration of her own family archives, phenomena of displacement, questions related to architecture, the body, literature and translation. In 2014, her work was published by Alberto Garcia Alix for the Madrid publishing house, Cabeza de chorlito. Since 2015; she has been carrying out research linked to the transformations regarding architecture and the history of the built environment since then. She continues to contribute to the production of many films that link architecture and innovative educational resources; the first one was integrated within the architectural ensemble in Paris; « Jewels of 20th century modern architecture »: (Saint-Merri, a unique open-space school, under the commission of Renzo Piano) is an example of this. In Vietnam, she produced a series of photographs based on the abandonment of old buildings by village populations. She also carries out research and photographic work on the transformation of architectural spaces in major African cities and heritage sites on the theme of the superimposition of forms. In 2018, she created « Voix Publiques », a sound installation and a programme of pan-African poetry for the public space that supports African literary production. She collaborates with art and opinion journals (Afrikadaa, Analyse-Opinion-Critique, Something We Africans Got) for which she writes articles and essays regularly.
Her works have been exhibited and shown at the Centre Georges Pompidou, the Mac Val, the Kadist Foundation, the David Roberts Art Foundation, the Quai Branly Museum, the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations and the Dakar Biennale.