Ali Tnani

  • Biography

    Born in 1982 in Tunis, Ali Tnani is a Tunisian contemporary artist based in Tunis and Paris. He received his Masters in 2007 from the Institut Supérieur des Beaux-arts of Tunis and has since exhibited widely and participated in international residency programs. Tnani is currently in the prestigious Cité Internationale des Arts residency in Paris.
    A leading practitioner in the field of conceptual art, Tnani is known for his multimedia installation work examining social issues in post-revolutionary Tunisia. With a practice that draws on installation, drawing, and photography, he explores the question of erasure and the negative in narratives of traces, memory and history in an era of hyper-connectivity.
    Tnani conceives the trace, as a semiotic index or remnant, an extension of his notion of “counter-spaces” that are simultaneously plastic and political. These sites shed light on the inherent contradictions and open a space for questioning hegemonic utopic narratives. These disruptive spaces expose the phantom signs of history in contemporary life: that which has been written, is being written and will be rewritten again in the future. Both material and immaterial form are visually reflected in his drawings where pigment and lead-mine residue seem to vanish into the surface of the paper.
    He has participated in various solo and group exhibitions internationally, including the Musée du Bardo in Tunis, the Plateforme de création contemporaine in Paris, the 5th Marrakech Biennial, the Musée de Carthage in Tunis and the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Mons (Belgium), the Musée du Montparnasse in Paris and the Biennial of young artists from Europe and the Mediterranean in Skopje, Macedonia. His work is part of private collections in France, USA, and the UK.



    2017   Dans l’intervalle entre monument et document, Elmarsa Gallery, Tunis, Tunisia
              Solo exhibition, Curated by Marie Cantos

              Alchemic Body | Fire. Air. Water. Earth Festival, Jorge Jurado Gallery, Bogotá, Colombia
              Curated by Luca Curci

              Under the sand, B'chira Art Center, Sidi Thabet, Tunsia
              Curated by Fatma Cheffi & Marion Zilio

              Visions, Anima Mundi Festival, Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi, Venice, Italy
              Curated by Luca Curci and Andrea Chinellato

              Architextures de Paysage #1, Château d’Oiron, Oiron, France
              Curated by Marie Cantos & Maryline Robalo [PA]

    2016   Nucléus, Under the sand project, l'Atelier, Nantes, France
              Deputy Curator Jean-christophe Arcos

              Variation Media Art Fair, Cité internationale des arts, Paris, France
              Curated by Dominique Moulon

              Données à voir, La Terrasse, Espace d'art de Nanterre, Nanterre, France
              Curated by Sandrine Moreau & Thierry Fournier

              3ajel ou le temps réel, Espace Talan, Tunis, Tunisia
              Curated by Aïcha Gorgi & Marc Monsallier

              In the midst of things, 22nd KKNK arts festival, Oudtshoorn, South Africa
              Curated by Maaike Bakker & Jayne Crawshay-Hall

              Kaw Kaw project, Le18, Marrakech, Morocco
              Curated by Younes Baba Ali

    2015   L’Indice d’une Suite (part 2), Musée du Bardo, Tunis, Tunisia
              Curated by Glassbox

              Réminiscenses, Espace Talan, Tunis, Tunisia - AGorgi gallery outdoors

    2014   Les Contre-Ciels, PA I Plateforme de création contemporaine, Paris, France
              Curated by Marie Cantos

              Mapp’ing, Palais Ebdellia, La Marsa, Tunisia
              Curated by Afif Riahi

              L’Indice d’une suite (part 1), Glassbox Espace d’art, Paris, France
              Group exhibition and residency project, Curated by Glassbox

              If you are so smart, why ain’t you rich? Marrakech biennial, ESAV, Marrakech, Morocco
              Curated by Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung & Pauline Doutreluingne

    2013   It has never been to survive, La Boite - Contemporary art space, Tunis, Tunisia
              Solo exhibition

              Contre-espaces, AGorgi gallery, Sidi Bou Saïd, Tunisia
              Solo exhibition

    2012   Chkoun Ahna (About us), National Museum of Carthage, Tunisia
              Curated by Timo Kaabi-Linke and Khadija Hamdi

              Cartographie du Reste, Galerie Les Singuliers, Paris, France
              Solo exhibition

              Printemps des Arts Fair, Palais Ebdellia, La Marsa, Tunis, Tunisia represented by AGorgi gallery

              Place aux 14 Janvier, Galerie Talmart, Paris, France

    2011   Eloge de la Fuite, Galerie Sponte, Paris, France

              Cutlog Art Fair, Bourse du commerce, Paris, Musée du Montparnasse, France
              Curated by Dorothée Allaneau

              Ici et Maintenant, Musée du Montparnasse, Paris, France
              Curated by Dorothée Allaneau

              Hommage à Jean Genet, Espace d’art Mille Feuilles, La Marsa, Tunisia

              Recent drawings, French Institute of Tunis, Tunisia - Duo

    2010   E-FEST project (part 3), Acropolium of Carthage, Carthage, Tunisia
              Curated by Afif Riahi

              City Sonics #8, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Mons, Belgium
              Project E-FEST, Curated by Philippe Franck

              E-FEST project (part 2), Acropolium of Carthage, Carthage, Tunisia
              Curated by Afif Riahi

    2009   Lieu du Reste, Espace d’art Mille Feuilles, La Marsa, Tunisia
              Solo exhibition

              BJCEM, Skopje, Macedonia, Biennial of young artists from Europe and the Mediterranean

    2008   Nouvelles approches, Kanvas Art Gallery, La Soukra, Tunisia

    2007   FIAV 07, Festival Image Artistique Vidéo, Centre Pablo Neruda, Nîmes, France

    2006   FIAV 06, Dar Sebastian art center, Hammamet, Tunisia
              Papiers sans cibles, Galerie Aire Libre, Tunis, Tunisia

    2003   National amateur filmamking festival, Kelibia, Tunisia
              L’immeuble, short-film, official competition

    2002   National amateur filmamking festival, Kelibia, Tunisia
              L’encrier malade, short-film, official competition 1st Prize


    2017   La technologie au coeur du dessin, Drawing Now, Carreau du Temple, Paris, France
              Proposed by Joana P. R. Neves avec Delphim Sardo et Michel Paysant


    2015-17 Cité internationale des arts, Paris, France

    2016-17 Projet Under the Sand, Gafsa, Tunisia / Nantes, France.

    2016 Le18, Marrakech, Morocco

    2014 Glassbox, Paris, France

    2011-12 Cité internationale des arts, Paris, France

    2010 Transcultures, Mons, Belgium

    Centre d’art Villa Sebastian, Hammamet, Tunisia


    2007-16  Private collections in Tunisia, France, Switzerland, Belgium, UK, USA
                  Artist Pension Trust, APT Dubai

    2014       Artist Pension Trust, APT Dubai

    2011-14  Fatma & Lassad Kilani, Tunisia

    2008-13  Public collection of the Ministry of Culture and Heritage of Tunisia


    2016  Creative coding workshop - Processing, Stereolux, Nantes, France

    2014  Creative coding workshop - Processing, EFEST lab, Tunis, Tunisia

    2011 Photography workshop, 6 months, Institut Supérieur des Beaux-Arts of Tunis, Tunisia

    2008 Drawing workshop, 6 months, Institut Supérieur des Beaux-Arts of Tunis, Tunisia


    2002-07   Master degree (2005) & Master of Research (2007) in Visual arts
                   Institut Supérieur des Beaux-Arts of Tunis, Tunisia