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 recently completed a two-year residency at the prestigious Cité Internationale des Arts 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 exhibitions internationally, including the Musée du Bardo in Tunis, the Plateforme de création contemporaine in Paris, the Musée de Carthage in Tunis, the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Mons (Belgium) and the Musée du Montparnasse in Paris as well as the 13th edition of DAK’ART Biennial of Contemporary African art in Senegal, the 5th Marrakech Biennial and the Biennial of young artists from Europe and the Mediterranean in Skopje, Macedonia.
    In 2017, he had his solo exhibition ‘’Dans l'intervalle entre monument et document’’ at Elmarsa in Tunis, and ’Unknown program” at Elmarsa in Dubai in 2018. His work is part of many private collections in Tunisia, 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