MAY 11, 2016
7:00 p.m. - Opening of
the collective exhibit - INTENSION
The exhibit INTENTION brings together the works of ten Tunisian and Moroccan artists living in the Maghreb or in Europe, sometimes between the two, all born in the 1980s. Their works which, to varying degrees, are being met today with international recognition, put into play a series of tensions that plot, beyond each work’s singularity, a new possible artistic, cultural and existential common ground. For all that, if the intention of this exhibit is truly to bring together important artists from two scenes in the Maghreb, from Casablanca and from Tunis, and to bring them together, not in Europe, but in a city in the Maghreb, it’s goal is not drive the spectator towards some superficial unity of themes, geographies and cultures. What is at play in the forms taken by the works brought together here comes from a completely different assertion: an irreducibility of artistic practices.
In philosophical language, intension is the proper definition of a thing, of its concept. In physics, the term designates a phenomenon of intensification. Intension, in art, could subsequently be a name for internal strength, ardor. That intensity is the what this exhibit aims for: through the creation of interactions and tensions among the works displayed, this exhibit looks to draw out the procedure, form and intensification discovered by each work, at once critical and liberating.
Thus, installation and critical burlesque from Younes Atbane; corrosive usage of the tracking shot from Younes Baba-Ali; Nidhal Chamekh’s in-significant photography; a dual exhibit of film and of memorial inscription from Fakhri El Ghezal; iconoclastic play of forms and references from Simohammed Fettaka. And more, Malek Gnaoui’s cermaic carcass; Wiame Haddad’s sculptural and intensive photography; ismaël’s prosaic, personal and political photography; détournement of images and of sentences from Youssef Ouchra or of protocol beneath the tension of gestures and algorithms from Haythem Zakaria.
Works by Younes Atbane, Younes Baba-Ali, Nidhal Chamekh, Fakhri El Ghezal, Simohammed Fettaka, Malek Gnaoui, Wiame Haddad, ismaël, Youssef Ouchra, Haythem Zakaria.
Commission: ismaël and David Ruffel
10:00 p.m. - A World Full of Bass # 1
Conceived of in reference to Tunis’s first electronic music collective, the three “A World Full of Bass” soirées will bring together much of the Tunisian and Moroccan electro avant-garde.
Lineup: DUBOSMIUM (Morocco), DVSN (Live, Tunisia)
Tarek Louati (aka DVSN) has contributed, alongside Shinigami San, to the establishment of a culture of bass music in Tunisia. His recent productions embrace all of his influences and his approaches. He will perform live at Vertigo.
With his unique electro-ethnic sound, Hassak M. Abdellah aka DUBOSMIUM, is known today, for combining traditional music from Morocco, and as an urban inspiration for his city Casablanca as well as for electronic music in general.
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