15 May – 30 June, 2017
Elmarsa is very pleased to present Ya Latif, the first solo exhibition by Tunisian painter, sculptor, and ceramist Khaled Ben Slimane in the UAE, from March 9th to April 8th 2017 at their gallery space in Alserkal Avenue, Dubai.
This latest body of work, including paintings on paper, canvas and wood as well as ceramic pieces, highlights Ben Slimane’s multi-disciplinary practice. As the title suggests, the exhibition represents a continuation in the artist’s exploration of spirituality. This aspect formally links him to predecessors in the Maghreb modern art tradition, Aly Ben Salem and Abdelkader Guermaz, the two artists in Elmarsa’s concurrent exhibition at Art Dubai Modern 2017. Ben Slimane invokes Sufism literally through his graphic repetition in a distinctive new style that distills diverse international influences. The combination of graffiti-like scrawl, Japanese influenced calligraphy and splashes of color come together to create an effect that transcends barriers between the spiritual and mundane worlds that are equally invoked in his works.
The artist Khaled Ben Slimane will be in attendance for the opening on March 9th and will conduct a tour of the exhibition with curator Rose Issa on Thursday, March 16 at 12:30pm.