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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 | 7 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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Sieste à Gammarth, Berlin-Bizerte, 2014, Oil on canvas, 200 x 150 cm

Sieste à Gammarth, Berlin-Bizerte, 2014, Oil on canvas, 150x200 cm

Halim Karabibene

Subjective Landscapes

January 20 - March 1, 2018

#23 Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

Elmarsa Dubai is pleased to present Subjective Landscapes, a solo exhibition of engravings and paintings by Tunisian artist Halim Karabibene.

Trained at the École d’Architecture Paris La Villette, Karabibene builds a surreal or phantasmagorical imaginary world through his multidisciplinary practice. Multiple and seemingly incongruent scenes play out in different layers of his densely-packed compositions, drawing simultaneously from diverse visual languages ranging from Tunisian modernist Gouider Triki and the Roman mosaics exhibited at the Bardo National Museum in Tunis to the works of Hieronymus Bosch, René Magritte, Salvador Dali and Francis Bacon. In Karabibene’s paintings and engravings, these disparate parts come together in his oeuvre to offer politically charged and sharply humorous commentary on post-revolutionary Tunisia.

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Halim Karabibene, Chaml, Berlin - Bizerte 2014, Oil on canvas, 150 x 200 cm
Halim Karabibene, Carthage story, 2015, Aquatint 30 x 40 cm on paper 51 x 64 cm
Halim Karabibene, Tunisian Winter, Paris 2013, Carborundum engraving on paper, 100 x 100 cm
Halim Karabibene, Vespa, Bizerte 2013-2014, Oil on canvas, 200 x 200 cm