Nidhal Chamekh

Nos Visages NXXII

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Year 2021
Medium Ink on paper
Dimensions 29.7 x 21 x 0.5 cm

About the work

Nos visages is related to neglected moments in history, in particular the French colonial troops and the victory parade in Paris when colonial troops referred to as, Tirailleurs Sénégalais, were excluded to walk alongside other soldiers in the military parade.

About the artist:

Born 1985 Dahmani, Nidhal Chamekh lives and works between Paris and Tunis. Graduated from BA Fine Art, École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts (2008); and MA Fine Arts and Art Sciences, Paris I, Panthéon-​Sorbonne (2010).

Chamekh’s practice reflects on the times that we inhabit. His artwork is situated at the intersection of the biographic and the political, the lived and the historical, the event and the archive. Using drawing, installations, photography and video, his oeuvres dissect the constitution of our contemporary identity. Chamekh has developed a language that challenges history and politics in their broader sense. He performs his fragmentary research to convey an ambiguous atmosphere, shifting between the experience and the violence of the individual representation. He represents an imperceptible space between a silent violence mirroring an intimate experience of trauma.

Selected exhibitions include Comme un parfum d’aventure, MACLyon, Lyon (2020); Nos visages, Selma Feriani Gallery, Tunis (2019); The 12th edition of Bamako Encounters Photography Biennial, Mali, Bamako (2019); HybrID, Kunsthaus Hamburg (2019); Diaspora at Home, CCA Lagos (2019); 21st Contemporary Art Biennial Sesc_Videobrasil, Associação Cultural Videobrasil and Sesc São Paulo (2019); Dream City Biennial, Tunis (2019 & 2017); A Slice Through the World: Contemporary Artists’ Drawings, Modern Art Oxford and Drawing Room, London (2018); Memory Matters, Skissernas Museum, Lund (2018); The Sea is the Limit, York Art Gallery (2018); Yinchuan Biennale: For an Image, Faster Than Light, Museum of Contemporary Art Yinchuan (2016); and All the World’s Futures, 56th International La Biennale di Venezia, Venice (2015).

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