Soufiane Ababri

BEDWORK, (Issam)

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Year 2019
Medium Coloured pencil on paper
Dimensions 19.1 x 14.8 cm
Top pick Katharine Hamnett CBE, fashion designer

About the work

The drawing is part of the Bedwork series, a drawing that I make lying in my bed, it is a way for me to leave the professional space of the studio to question the domestic space devoted to women in the history of art.

It is also the position of the “odalisque”, slaves, and Arabs that the orientalist artists painted. I am looking at the mechanisms of domination of masculinity and of patriarchy in this way. The portrait is that of a person I have known, he has rosy cheeks like all the men I draw, it is a way of putting the body between desire and shame.

Make the masculinity blush.

About the artist:

Born 1985 Rabat, Soufiane Ababri lives and works in Tangier and Paris. Graduated from BA at l’Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Montpellier (2010); MA at l’Ecole Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Paris (2014); and post-diploma at l’Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Lyon (2017).

His works are held in public and private collections including FRAC Poitou-Charentes and MAC/VAL Musée d’art contemporain du Val-de-Marne, Vitry.

Selected solo exhibitions include A CIRCUS ACT BEHIND BARS OF LILAC AND BLOOD: Soufiane Ababri, Kulte Gallery, Rabat (2019-2020); Soufiane Ababri: Something New Under The Little Prince’s Body, Dittrich & Schlechtriem, Berlin (2019-2020); TROPICAL CONCRETE GYM PARK: Soufiane Ababri, Glassbox, Paris (2019); Call me by their names, Ravnikar Gallery Space, Ljubljana (2019); Memories of a solitary cruise, The Pill, Istanbul (2019); Here is a strange and bitter crop, Space, London (2018); Haunted Lives, Galerie Praz-Delavallade, Paris (2018); Oh please! don’t be angry! it’s based on emotional facts, Eternal Network, Tours (2017); and What’s the name of this nation, Le Cube indépendant Art Room, Rabat (2015). Selected group exhibitions include Par amour du jeu, Magasins Généraux, Pantin (2018); MILF Plateaux, Espace Témoin, Genève (2018); 62éme salon de Montrouge (2017); Tous des sang-mêlés, MAC/VAL, Vitry (2017); Clinicat Régina, Mexico (2017); Traversées [email protected], (curated by Julie Crenn), Bourges (2017); Productive contradictions (curated by François Piron), Lyon (2017); Recto/Verso, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris (2015); and The Dorian’s Room at Babel North, Galerie Mfc Michèle Didier, Paris (2013).

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