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Ali Tnani, Impersonal Memory, 2018, Drawings and mixed media installation, 120x80 cm

Ali Tnani

Unknown program

19 March | 26 April, 2018

Elmarsa Dubai is pleased to present Unknown program, a solo exhibition of multimedia works by Tunisian conceptual artist Ali Tnani who offers an examination of social issues in post-revolutionary Tunisia through his multi-disciplinary practice that draws equally from installation as drawing, and photography, curated by Marie Cantos & Aziza Harmel.

 

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Ali Tnani, Unknown Program, 2017, Drawing on paper, 30 x 40 cm
Ali Tnani, Others Spaces, 2017, Pigmented ink on fine art paper, 74 x 60 cm, Edition of 3
Ali Tnani, Nécessité du Monument II (Torbaa), 2017, Drawings on paper, 120 x 80 cm each
Ali Tnani, Crackling Data Machine, 2016, Mixed media installation, 85 x 100 x 66 cm, Edition of 1, Co-Author: Lukas Truniger (Switzerland)

 


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Nja Mahdaoui, Asrar 6, 2015, Mixed media on linen canvas, Diam. 90 cm (Detail)

NJA MAHDAOUI

AWJ

RÉTROSPECTIVE

de 1966 à 2018

 23 February | 12 April 2018

Galerie Elmarsa, Tunis

 La Galerie Elmarsa a le plaisir de présenter Awj, une exposition rétrospective de Nja Mahdaoui, grande figure de l’art contemporain et de la calligraphie, placée sous le commissariat de Aziza Harmel.

Cette exposition rétrospective nous invite à découvrir des langages et des formes nés des rencontres et des questionnements de l’artiste de 1966 jusqu'en 2018. Le parcours nous révèle l'extraordinaire plasticité de la lettre : Il n'est ici plus question du mot mais de son potentiel. L’exposition fait dialoguer des œuvres de différentes périodes, des périodes qui se juxtaposent et se laissent deviner. Tout comme les lettres dans le travail de l’artiste : elles ne se lisent pas pourtant nous sommes tentés de les deviner. Cette tentation est le résultat d'une confrontation entre le désir de saisir et l'impossibilité de comprendre. L’œuvre de Nja Mahdaoui ne témoigne pas seulement d’un affranchissement de la calligraphie de sa fonction sacrée mais constitue également une chorégraphie de gestuelles et de couleurs qui conjuguent questionnement identitaire et poésie abstraite.

 Elmarsa Tunis is pleased to present Awj, a retrospective of Tunisian artist Nja Mahdaoui, an important figure in contemporary Arab art and calligraphy.

By offering a rare dialogue between works from different periods since 1966 to the present, the retrospective invites viewers to explore how encounters and events during Mahdaoui’s life have played a part in the evolution of his visual language.Over the course of the exhibition, temporalities are juxtaposed and the Arab letter’s extraordinary plasticity emerges, in terms of both meaning as well as potentiality. In Mahdaoui’s work, calligraphy does not signify as much as it invites to the viewer to explore the blanks spaces between the letters to extrapolate meaning through the aid of his or her imagination.

Nja Mahdaoui’s work not only emancipates calligraphy from its sacred function but also performs a choreography of gestures and colors that question our identity with abstract poetry.

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Nja Mahdaoui, Beya, 2018, Technique mixte sur toile de lin, 200 x 200 cm
Nja Mahdaoui, Maya, 2018, Technique mixte sur toile de lin, 200 x 200 cm
Nja Mahdaoui, Asrar 6, 2015, Mixed media on linen canvas, Diam. 90 cm
Nja Mahdaoui, Azimuth III, 2012, Technique mixte sur Velin d’Arches, 114x300 cm
Nja Mahdaoui, Calligrammes sur Peau - Carré 1, 2011, Technique mixte sur peau, 85x85 cm
Nja Mahdaoui, Midoun 3, 2002-07, Technique mixte sur toile de lin, 150x150 cm
Nja Mahdaoui, Sérigraphie 1 - Portfolio Hidjaz I, 1997, Sérigraphie originale sur Velin d’Arches, 56x38 cm
Nja Mahdaoui, Calligrammes 9, 1986-87, Encre de Chine sur papier parchemin, 100x140 cm
Nja Mahdaoui, Vibration 8, 1982, Acrylique sur papier couché, 70x100 cm
Nja Mahdaoui, Étude graphique 3, 1975, Encre de Chine sur papier Rives, 65x50 cm
Nja Mahdaoui, Concrétion 5, 1972-75, Huile laquée sur toile de lin, 150x150 cm
Nja Mahdaoui, Hommage à Paganini, 1966, Technique mixte, objets montés sur toile et contreplaqué, 150x78 cm