Thameur Mejri

  • Biography

    Born in 1982 in Tunis, Thameur Mejri trained as a painter at the Institute of Fine Arts in Tunis and now lives and works in Nabeul, Tunisia. He currently teaches at the Higher Institute of the Arts & Crafts in Kairouan while completing a PhD in Sciences and Technology of Arts and continuing to exhibit in Tunisia and internationally. His recent solo exhibitions include “Male (God) scarecrow” (2010) at Artyshow gallery in La Marsa, “Disaster pieces” (2012) at Elmarsa Gallery in Tunis, and “Before You Split the Ground” (2017) at Jack Bell Gallery in London. Produced in collaboration with his brother film director Kays Mejri, his video piece ''The Plague'' won the Prize for the best experimental short film in 2007 at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival (NYIIFVF). He has also participated in several group shows and international art fairs in the UAE, France, UK, Morocco and the United States. His works are part of several private and public collections including Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah and Sindika Dokolo Collection, Luanda.

    Exhibitions

    2017 - Solo exhibition “Heretic Spaces”, Elmarsa Gallery, Dubai, UAE
            - Solo exhibition “Before you split the ground”, Jack Bell Gallery, London, UK

    2016 -Group exhibition “Yesterday is tomorrow's memory: a group show of work from North Africa”, Elmarsa Gallery
            -Group exhibition “Place de la gare”, Ghaya Art Gallery, Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia
            -Group exhibition “Effervescence’’, Institute of Islamic Cultures, Paris, France

    2015 -Group exhibition “You Love Me, You Love Me Not”, Galeria Municipal Almeida Garrett in Porto,
              Portugal, from the Sindika Dokolo Collection, Luanda
            -Group exhibition “Coup de crayon”, Ghaya Art Gallery, Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia

    2012 -Solo exhibition “Disaster Pieces”, Elmarsa Gallery, Tunisia
            -Group exhibition “Intervalles”, Elmarsa Gallery, Tunisia

    2011 -Solo exhibition “Narcissism vs Cannibalism’’, emerging artists Signature sector at Abu Dhabi Art
             2011, UAE. Represented by Elmarsa Gallery
            -Group exhibition “Untitled”, Elmarsa Gallery, Tunisia
            -Participation in the 8th edition of the Printemps des Arts Plastiques de La Marsa, Palais Abdellyah, Tunisia

    2010 -Solo exhibition “mâle (Dieu) épouvantail” Artyshow gallery, La Marsa, Tunisia
             -Group exhibition“Collection” at Kanvas Art gallery in Soukra, Tunisia
            -Annual Exhibition of the Tunisian visual artists Association
            -Solo exhibition entitled “male (God) Scarecrow'' at the Artyshow gallery, La Marsa, Tunisia

    2009 -Presentation of his experimental short films “Silicon” and “The Gift” at Artnow Film Festival, Damas, Syria
            -Participation in the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival (NYIIFVF), NY
             session, with his experimental short film “Silicon”
            -Group exhibition at Point Rouge Gallery, Montreal, Canada
            -7th edition of the Printemps des Arts Plastiques de la Marsa, Palais Abdellyah, Tunisia
            -Presentation of his experimental short film “Prelude” at the Festival de l’Image et Art Video
             (FIAV''09) at the International Cultural Centre in Sicily, Italy
            -Annual Exhibition of the visual artists association, Tunis, Tunisia

    2008  -Filmclick Online Festival with his experimental short film “The Gift”
             -Art video show “le cinéma libre” with his experimental short film “Silicon” at L'espace El Téatro, Tunis, Tunisia
             -Group exhibition “Collection”, Kanvas gallery, La Soukra, Tunisia
             -6th edition of the Printemps des Arts Plastiques de La Marsa, Palais Abdellyah, Tunisia

    2007 -New York International Independent Film and Video Festival (NYIIFVF) with his experimental short
              film “The Plague”, at the LA session, LA, USA
            -New York International Independent Film and Video Festival (NYIIFVF) with his 2nd experimental
             short film “The Gift” at the NY session, NY, USA
            -Group exhibition at The Infusion Gallery, Downtown Los Angeles, USA

    2006 -Image Video Art Festival (FIAV''06) with his experimental short movie “The Plague” at the
              international cultural centre of Hammamet, Tunisia
            -International Film Festival of Kelibia with his experimental short movie “The Plague”, Kelibia,
             Tunisia

    2005 -Institute of Fine Arts of Tunis (ISBAT), Tunisia
            -Galerie Ali Guermessi, Tunis, Tunisia
            -Production of a wall fresco for the British Council in Tunis, Tunisia

    AWARDS
    Best experimental short film - The Plague – at the New York International Independent Film and Video
    Festival (NYIIFVF), March 2007 Awards, Los Angeles, USA

    COLLECTIONS
    Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah
    The Sindika Dokolo Collection, Luanda
    Private Collections in Paris, London, Doha, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, NY, Johannesburg

    News

    10 Young African Artists to Look Out For at the Art Paris Art Fair by Paul McQueen, 2017:
    https://theculturetrip.com/europe/france/paris/articles/10-young-african-artists-to-look-out-for-at-the-art-paris-art-fair/

    “You have to take risks" Tunisian artist Thameur Mejri on politics and painting, interview by Focus on Africa's Kim Chakanetsa:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05185sb

    Article in Arabic:
    http://alwatan.com/details/154958

    Article by Helen Jennings on Tunisian art scene:
    http://www.nataal.com/tunisian-art

    Article by Adélaide Comby:
    http://www.ffdesignermag.com/gloire-au-dessin-a-la-ghaya-gallery/

    Article by Yves Brunner:
    http://www.lepetitjournal.com/culture-tunis/culture-tunis/81729-entretien-thameur-mejri-un-artiste-pluriel-lrevolutionnairer-avant-la-revolution.html