Elmarsa Dubai is pleased to present Tunisian artist Ali Tnani’s first solo exhibition of his multimedia works in the UAE. The exhibition is curated by Marie Cantos & Aziza Harmel. Through a multi-disciplinary practice of installation, drawing and photography, Tnani offers an examination of social issues in post-revolutionary Tunisia. Playing on notions of erasure in historical narrative, Tnani deploys the trace as a semiotic index, a sign for the remnant or a memory left behind by the act of erasure. An extension of his notion of “counter-spaces” that are simultaneously plastic and political, the trace is understood as a phantom of history. History itself must be recognised as something that has been written, is being written, and will be rewritten again in the future. The trace therefore exposes the inherent contradictions in such narratives and opens a space for questioning the utopic vision of our hyper-connected contemporary age.
One of the most established galleries in the region, Elmarsa has been operating in Tunis since 1994 and opened their Dubai gallery in Alserkal Avenue in 2015. The gallery’s mission has always been to generate interest in Arab art from North Africa, specialising in both modern and contemporary practice.
19 March -26 April 2018
Location: #C23, Alserkal Avenue
Open: Saturdays to Thursdays, 10:00 – 19:00
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