EXHIBITION SLIMEN EL KAMEL

SLIMEN EL KAMEL


PULSE

01 JUNE 20I9 - 3I AUGUST 20I9


WELCOME TO OUR

Adam the Solitary

ADAM THE SOLITARY - 2016

ACRYLIC ON CANVAS - 180 x 190 CM

We are Waiting

WE ARE WAITING - 2016

ACRYLIC ON CANVAS - 195 x 102 CM

Sisterhood

SISTERHOOD - 2016

SERIGRAPHY & ACRYLIC ON CANVAS - 160 x 195 CM

Appel à la Nature

APPEL À LA NATURE - 2018

ASSEMBLAGE & ACRYLIC ON CANVAS - 200 x 100 CM

 

DEUX MOMENTS - 2019

ASSEMBLAGE & ACRYLIC ON CANVAS - 130 x 192 CM

Cities Nearby

CITIES NEARBY - 2019

ASSEMBLAGE & ACRYLIC ON CANVAS - 162 x 172 CM

Tale of Two Cities

TALE OF THE TWO CITIES - 2019

ASSEMBLAGE & ACRYLIC ON CANVAS - 130 x 180 CM

Slimen El Kamel

SLIMEN EL KAMEL



Slimen El Kamel was born in Mazouna in the region of Sidi Bouzid in Tunisia. Nurtured in the popular narrative, his childhood was moulded by the imagination of the rural environment where the tradition of folk tales and poetry flourished. His studies at the Higher Institute of Fine Arts in Tunis allowed him to crystallise this literary and intellectual heritage into a singular artistic practice. A practice whose genesis opens through writing and draws its resources from its texts, sometimes poetic or literary, sometimes memorial or improvised. The daily writing exercise, while it delimits, extends the horizons of its physical universe.


Not far from free figuration, the artist questions the relationship between the real and the imaginary through the dramatization of the constellated image. Images of memory, of a reality taken from everyday media, intersect in a pictorial field where, on the surface of a picture, the rustling of a dialogue begins without end, not for the narrative of a fact, but for a festival of narratives.


His more recent work considers the links between the human body and everyday consumable objects. El Kamel considers the ways in which virtual and lived reality hinge upon visual and auditory channels of com-munication.


El Kamel holds a Masters in painting from the Tunis Institute of Fine Arts. He has participated in exhibitions and art fairs in Africa and Europe. El Kamel was an art resident at the Living Arts Center in Rades for a year and paid multiple artistic and research visits to Paris, Algeria, and Bahrain. He was a finalist of the inaugural Sovereign MENA Art Prize in partnership with Start. This prize awards 30 of the most exciting mid-career artists across the MENA region with an exhibition in Alserkal Avenue, Dubai. The exhibition took place in October 2016. The artist is also active as an art critic.





Selected Exhibitions


Solo exhibitions (selection)


2019  Kloser Contemporary Art, Online

2018  Sulger-Buel Gallery, London, UK

2011   Galerie ArtyShow La Marsa, Tunisia

2009 Galerie ArtyShow La Marsa, Tunisia



Group exhibitions (selection)


2019  Galerie La Marsa, Tunis, Tunisia

2019  1-54 Art Fair, New York, USA

2019  Museum of Modern Art, Kuweit City, Kuweit

2019  1-54 Art Fair, Marrakech, Morocco

2018  1-54 Art Fair, London, UK

2018  Dakar Biennal, Dakar, Senegal

2017  AKAA Art Fair, Paris, France

2017  1-54 Art Fair, London, UK

2017  Art Paris, France

2017  1-54 Art Fair, Marrakech, Morocco

2017  Galerie Elbirou, Sousse, Tunisia

2017  Turbine Art Fair, South Africa

2016  Dubai Art Fair, Dubai, UAE

2016  Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town, South Africa

2016  1-54 Art Fair, London, UK

2016  Marsa Gallery, Dubai, UAE

2015  Bibliothèque Nationale, Tunis, Tunisia

2015  Dubai Art Fair, Dubai, UAE

2012  Acropolium of Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia






Awards & Residencies


2018  Fondation Blachère, Senegal

2016  Awarded at the Cachan Biennal, France

2016  Nominated for the MENA Art Prize, Dubai, UAE

2009 Centre des Arts Visuels, Rades, Tunisia