march, 2018

19marallday26aprAli Tnani | Unknown programGalerie Elmarsa


Event Details

Elmarsa Dubai is pleased to present Unknown program, a solo exhibition of multimedia works by Tunisian conceptual artist Ali Tnani who offers an examination of social issues in post-revolutionary Tunisia through his multi-disciplinary practice that draws equally from installation as drawing, and photography, curated by Marie Cantos & Aziza Harmel.

It is a well-known truth that the world is connected as never before. It therefore comes as no surprise that we are obsessively trying to keep up with a relentless flow of incoming data. Our efforts to do so are in vain, however information is somehow almost immediately neutralized or displays only a short term impact, due to the fluctuating nature of the internet. There are informational tombs, lost in the cyberspace. Ghosts that materialize in traces.

It is precisely this spectral trace around which Ali Tnani’s exhibition Unknown program gravitates. Documents are artifacts or traces of human making, action, or thought surviving into the present. Monuments are documents that have a certain notion of urgency in our present and demand a recognition. Monuments are also related to an urgency in the past that we wish to evoke in order to remember or to neutralize the trauma that was caused.

The drawings, photographs and installations in this exhibition conjure up the document and the monument. Moreover they evoke the crossings and the traffic of what moves in the spaces between. These spaces are the artist’s materialized reflections on Other Spaces or what we could name Heterotopia. Heterotopia is a concept developed by Michel Foucault describing places that are simultaneously real and imaginary. These are spaces of an ambiguous utopia, with the ability to physically manifest.


Featured image: Ali Tnani, Impersonal Memory, 2018, Drawings and mixed media installation, 120×80 cm.


March 19 (Monday) - April 26 (Thursday)


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