Atef Maatallah, Chambre 6, 2017, diptyque, Mine de plomb sur papier coton, 57x153cm
Abdulaziz Ashour, Atef Maatallah, Gouider Triki, Hazem Harb, Thameur Mejri
Art Paris Art Fair 2017
March 30 - April 2, 2017
Elmarsa is proud to present a selection of works by five key contemporary artists from North Africa and the Middle East in booth B5 at Art Paris Art Fair 2017. The exhibition includes Tunisian Atef Maatallah (b.1981) who revisits codes of narrative figuration through an intimate perspective on quotidian life in our contemporary society; Gaza-born Hazem Harb (b. 1980) who probes Israeli practice of constructing at the expense of Palestinian lands and histories through an approach equally informed by Minimalism and conceptual art of the 1960s and 1970s as the radical critique of colonialist photography by Black Atlantic artists like Carrie Mae Weems; Saudi Abdulaziz Ashour (b. 1962) who has been inspired by the censorship methods on printed images in the press, thus questioning what is relevant and what is not; Tunisian Thameur Mejri (b. 1982) whose work is a means of protest and provocation addressing topics related to the perception of the human male sexuality, the sacred and the secular, religion, and the relationship to the body in Arab and Muslim societies; Tunisian Gouider Triki (b.1949) who explores representations of North African cultural identity through traditional patterns, symbols and animal imagery in his oeuvre strongly influenced by Surrealism, Cubism, and Expressionism and artists such as Paul Klee and Marc Chagall.
The exhibition offers to see the diverse, multi-disciplinary nature of contemporary culture within conceptual, structural and contextual art, thus allowing the audience to explore the issues of society and art in today’s world dictated by a new set of conditions.