Barbaboum, 2017, Mixed media, Variable dimensions
May 15 - June 30, 2017
Opening Monday May 15, 4:00 – 8:00 PM
Atelier de l’artiste au Kram, Tunis
Elmarsa is very pleased to present Mort-vivant, a solo exhibition by Tunisian artist Omar Bey, from May 16th to June 30th 2017 held exclusively at the artist’s historical studio space in Kram, Tunis.
Bey’s themes are centered around the paradoxical excess of modern human existence; its problems, effects, and even its strangeness. His latest body of sculptural work builds even further on his artistic concepts, employing a diverse range of found objects; bits and pieces that the artist has retrieved from daily life and constructed into a thought-evoking collection of works. For the first time, the works are display in the context in which they are constructed; the exhibition space is the artist’s studio itself. Viewers are invited into Bey’s private space, which is made public through the array of sculptural objects that the artist has carefully retrieved from his surroundings, and assembled to create meaning. Day-to-day found objects, scavenged from the city, are Bey’s tools of choice in navigating the current landscape, and grappling with the absurdity of life’s economic, cultural and political on-goings.
The artist will conduct daily studio / exhibition tours in collaboration with the programming of JAOU.
Atef Maatallah, 2017, Pencil on cotton paper, Diptych, 75x100 cm
Guest artists Alaeddine Slim and Maher Habib Gnaoui
S'hab / S'mè
May 14 - June 30, 2017
Opening Sunday May 14, 1:00 PM
2, place du Saf Saf, La Marsa, Tunis
Elmarsa is pleased to present Atef Maatallah’s third solo exhibition in Tunis S'hab / S'mè, in collaboration with guest artists Alaeddine Slim and Maher Habib Gnaoui, an account on the personal experience of confinement shared by the three artists. The result is a dynamic visual display representing the conceptual psychological and material connections forged among them ranging from painting to installation. This biographical exhibition gives voice to Maatallah’s drawings and paintings in conversation with Slim’s and Gnaoui’s video, photography and installation works through intimate stories and subverting narratives on the idea of captivity and the effects of power and authority over freedom, identity, religion and sexuality. A critical standpoint of the country’s new democracy that yielded no true freedom, instead recognising a familiar sense of alienation in Tunisia’s complex realities.
The artist Atef Maatallah will be in conversation with Catherine David, curator and deputy director at the Musée National d'Art Moderne - George Pompidou, Paris, on Sunday, May 14th at 1:30 AM.
Howa IV, 2016, Acrylic on Canson paper, 150 x 150 cm
KHALED BEN SLIMANE
9 March – 30 June, 2017
23, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai
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.