Halim Karabibene

  • Biography

    Born in 1962 in Bizerte (Tunisia), Halim Karabibene came to recognition in the 1990s due to his unusually sarcastic yet masterfully executed collages and oneiric paintings. Throughout his career, Karabibene has formally explored an alternative universe, one that is hybrid and playfully "staged" with a whole range of mythical neo pop characters.

    Since 2007, Karabibene has been pursuing a multidisciplinary performance in which he has been encouraging public authorities to inaugurate Tunisia's first National Museum of Modern and contemporary Art (MNAMC). With a pressure cooker as symbol and form of the future Museum, Karabibene uses social networks, events and exhibitions to effectively launch this pseudo fictional museum until it sees the light. Between 1982 and 1993, Karabibene has studied architecture and attended the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. From 1999 to 2001, he lived at the Cité Internationale des Arts of Paris.

    Represented by Elmarsa Gallery, Karabibene's work has been widely exhibited in private institutions and museums around the world, including at the ifa gallery in Berlin and Stuttgart, the Barjeel Foundation in Sharjah, the Museo Vittoriano in Rome, the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, the Musée d’Art Moderne in Algiers, the Museo Pontevedra in Spain, etc. Karabibene lives and works between Tunis, Bizerte and Berlin.



    2018     “Subjective Landscapes“, Elmarsa Gallery, Dubai

    2016     “Epreuves d’Artiste - Gravures Paris/Berlin“, Projektraum Ventilator 24 – Berlin

    2015     “Cocotteries & Co“, Elmarsa Gallery, Tunis 2005 “Oniriades", Elmarsa Gallery, Tunis

    2002     “Rétrospective“, Galerie Regard-Sud, Lyon

    2001      Galerie L’œil du Huit, Paris

    2001      Galerie Les Cahiers de la Peinture, Paris

    2000      Galerie de la Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris

    1999      “Nuit“, Elmarsa Gallery, Tunis

    1997      “Ville, Atelier, Nuit“, Galerie Air-Libre, El Teatro, Tunis


    2017    Dokumenta 14 Kassel – Performance MNAMC in public places.
               Berlin Artweek 2017    /Performance, Desaster de presentation, Kule, Berlin, Curated by HeikeMaria unVORStellBAR

    2016    “Yesterday is tomorrow’s memory: a group show of work from North Africa”, Elmarsa Gallery, Dubai

    2016    “THE TURN”, March 18 to May 14, 2016 at Kunstraum Niederoesterreich, Vienna

    2014-16-17 Projektraum Ventilator 24, Berlin

    2013    FIAC Alger – Musée d’Art Moderne d’Alger - MAMA
               Museum of Manufactured Response to Absence, MinRASY PROJECTS.

    2012    Rosige Zukunft. Aktuelle Kunst aus Tunesien - ifa Gallery, Berlin / Stuttgart
               “Dégagements…la Tunisie une année après “, Institut du Monde Arabe – IMA, Paris
               “CARAVANE“ Barjeel Art Fondation / Maraya Art Center, Sharjah

    2011   Galerie Les Singuliers, Paris
               Art Tunis/Paris, Musée du Montparnasse, Paris
               9th Edition of the Printemps des Arts de la Marsa - Honour Guest

    2009    Exhibition of the BIAT - International Arab Bank of Tunisia, Tunis
               Printemps des Arts de la Marsa, Palais El Abdelliya, La Marsa

    2007    “L’uomo del Mediterraneo“, Museo Vittoriano, Rome 


    2011        African Bienniale of Photography of Bamako, 9th Edition, Bamako

    2008        “Bienvenue, Welcome, Bienvenido“, XXXth Biennale of Pontevedra, Museum of Pontevedra; media art
                    installation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAlMxHuqYx0

    1997&2010  Biennale Méditerranéenne des Arts de la Ville de Tunis


    2012  Abu Dhabi Art, Abu Dhabi

    2011 Cutlog, Paris
             Marrakech Art Fair, Marrakech
             Art Dubai  2011, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai
             Abu Dhabi Art  2011, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi

    2010 Zoom Contemporary Art Fair, Miami Beach
            Abu Dhabi Art  2010, Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi
            Marrakech Art Fair, Palais Essaadi, Marrakech
            Art Dubai 2010, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai

    2009 Art Dubai 2009, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai

    2008 Art Paris-Abu Dhabi 2008, Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi

    2008 Art Paris 2008, Grand Palais, Paris

    2007 Art Paris-Abu Dhabi 2007, Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi 

    2007 Gulf Art Fair, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai


    2002-03 Centre des Arts Vivants de Radés, Tunisia

    1999-2000 Cité Internationale des Arts de Paris, France


    2000  National prize of artistic creation, Tunisian Ministry of Culture

    2002  Prize of Tunisian Ministry of Environment

    1995  “Faucon d’Or” International and national prize for short film “Images 1”, FIFAK, Tunisia 


    2012 “Drop charges against Tunisian Artists” video 5 minutes 30, Berlin
    “Le pays ne supportera pas un autre Janvier“ video 12 minutes
    2011 “Communiqué N°1 – 19 Janvier 2011“ video 3 minutes https://youtu.be/QUKi0uvxDfs
    “Popcorn Révolution“ une vidéo de 3’ Biennale Africaine de la Photographie, Bamako
    9ème Edition http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1H51SZb_078
    “La cocotte et le papillon“ video 13 minutes, Printemps des Arts, La Marsa, May 2011
    2010 “A la recherche du MNAMC à New York“ video 13 minutes 24
    “The Wall“, video 7 minutes presented at Zoom Contemporary Art Fair, Miami, FL


    THE TURN المنعرج

    Art Practices in Post-Spring Societies

    Kunstraum Niederoesterreich, Herrengasse 13, 1010 Vienna

    March 17 – May 14, 2016

    Curated by: Christine Bruckbauer und Patri

    cia K.Triki


    transparadiso , Faten Rouissi, Hamdy Reda, Sofiane Ouissi, Selma Ouissi, Huda Lutfi, Halim Karabibene, Johanna Kandl, Helmut Kandl, Inkman, Reem Gibriel, Moufida Fedhila, Stijn Lernout, Irena Eden, Mohamed Allam, Noutayel Belkadhi, Arslane Bestaoui, Omar Abusaada


    MNAMC, Halim Karabibene, Soldier #1, 2012, Drop Charges against Tunisian Artists, performance, Berlin   © photo: Halim Karabibene

    The changes and new beginnings brought about by the Arab revolution that started five years ago in Tunisia have made an impact far beyond the Arab world. Not only have people rebelled out of anger at their old regime and out of a burning desire for political and social change; this democratic movement has also effected a paradigm change in local art practices, and artists have begun to claim public space and to act as agents of civil society.

    The exhibition THE TURN المنعرج presents several interventions that took place in public spaces in urban and rural post-revolutionary Tunisia. As expressions of socio-political issues and direct social engagement, they are rooted in the tradition of the “Social Turn” (Claire Bishop) in contemporary art history.

    This exhibition includes not only relicts of performances and installations, but also objects (some of which have been adapted to the white cube) and was designed by the curators with the following issues in mind: What remains of these projects, which international artists also took part in and which were largely funded by foreign institutions? Can we measure their effectiveness?

    What role does art play in times of transformations?

    At the conference THE TURN المنعرج on March 18 in the Kunstraum Niederoesterreich, these questions will be discussed in-depth by artists, other participants, art theorists, and representatives of funding institutions from Austria, Egypt, Libya, Syria and Tunisia.

    In conjunction with the exhibition a book will be published by Verlag für moderne Kunst.