Aicha Filali, Bata, Collage heightened with acrylic, 73 x 70.5 cm
Mémoire en raccourcis
14.05 – 30.06.2022
Elmarsa Gallery, Tunis
Elmarsa Gallery is pleased to present Mémoire en raccourcis (Memory in short), the gallery’s first solo exhibition withTunisian artist Aicha Filali, featuringa new body of work.
The personal and family history of the artist is an integral part of this new body of work. She is familiar with the great History, and the autobiographical gems that pepper this work, and attest as much to an assumed sincerity as to an undeniable identity quest.
Aicha Filali’s workisinscribedin the hollow of an aesthetic and plastic quest: she ruled out the reading of the past, transcribed by history books and official stories, to offer usa novel insight,a new scale of values. Plunging back into the first two decades of the Bourguiba era.
The artist revisits them through two types of supports: altarpieces decorated with color image, and fabrics onto which printed photos showa crowd, all dressed in grey, with masked features with embroidered thread. Grey and white flood, where stands out the naked face of the leader Habib Bourguiba, coiffed witha blood-red “chéchia”. In the cabinet of buried memories, this imagination redistributes the cards, proceeds to unpublished collections, disturbs the historicity of memories, to the benefit ofa "recreation" essentially subjective. This body of work resets childhood snippets in the present time, still alive for those who havelived them.
Aicha Filali, Bleu de travail, Photo on fabric, heightened with acrylic and embroidery, 64 x 77 cm
Aicha Filali, Canape Fleuri, Photo on fabric, heightened with acrylic and embroidery, 37 x 48 cm
Aicha Filali, Shelltox, Collage heightened with acrylic, 85 x 56 cm