Ali Tnani, Impersonal Memory, 2018, Drawings and mixed media installation, 120x80 cm
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.
Mahjoub Ben Balla, Composition abstraite, 1984, Oil and collage on canvas, 30 x 40 cm
Art Dubai Modern
For its sixth consecutive year of participation in Art Dubai Modern, Elmarsa is proud to present the work of Algerian artist Mahjoub Ben Bella (b. 1946) one of the most prominent artists from North Africa. The exhibition brings together a selection of his earlier works on paper and on canvas from the 70s and 80s. While he developed his own approach, based primarily on the use of Arabic calligraphy, his impressive, sometimes monumental works, which include frescoes and ceramic murals, combine influences from Western abstract painting with allusions to such Old Masters as the great Romantic colorist Eugene Delacroix (1798-1863). His work has gradually shifted to the abundant expression of the forms, shapes and colors, thus giving to see a dense body of work which fits in a double heritage: Arab calligraphy and European painting.
Omar Bey, Labyrinthe, 2017, Shisha pipes and ink on canvas, 195x144 cm
Art Dubai Contemporary
For its twelfth consecutive year of participation in Art Dubai, Elmarsa is pleased to present a selection of five artists who come together in a group exhibition at our booth A14 that highlights Tunisia’s contemporary art scene. While working in their respective visual languages and unique mixed media practices, as well as belonging to distinct generations, Omar Bey, Thameur Mejri, Nabil Saouabi, Khaled Ben Slimaneand Nja Mahdaoui share a passionate and intellectual engagement with social, cultural and political transformations of this North African nation. The exhibition offers insight into the complex dynamics of the contemporary condition and context in a region of the world where the boundaries between the local and the global as well as the personal and the political are increasingly eroding as a result of the ubiquity of mass media.