drawings, objects, installations, interventions
MATERIALS / MEDIA
graphite, ink, papers, photography, found objects, mixed media
Like a forensic scientist, he explores artistic technics to collect, to preserve, and to analyze traces, remains and evidence of socio-cultural and socio-political processes.
// Bettina Pelz: Excerpt from artist’s talk with TASAWAR Collective at the occasion of the visit of Nidhal Chamehk’s exhibition “Nos Visages” at Selma Feriani Gallery on 14 September 2019.
“His sharp and fine perception, “being on the lookout”, almost like an animal, making him capable of responding to the call of things. Deliberately placing himself in a space “in-between things”, he finds the distance that allows him to perceive the world’s arrival through his works.”
// Arafat Sadallah: Between the things. 2015. On: nidahl-chamekh.com. Uploaded 2017. Retrieved on 18 September 2019.
I think that the artist’s role is above all to create forms of uncertainty, gestures that break with a certain methodological assurance and that are open to wandering. In a way, a primordial place is given to the power of the imagination and to the richness of associations and combinations.
// Emma Chupp: Interview with Nidahl Chamekh. Universes in Universe. August 2015. Retrieved on 12 September 2019.
I never make preparatory studies, I don’t even have preparatory ideas, it is only process that guides my work. It is all a question of assembly. Everything takes off from an initial image and everything is constructed as need be in reference to various texts, news, points of view that are malleable to be played with, assimilated or rejected. This is the element of my work that comes the most close to human nature. I rarely draw flowers, my drawings are stuffed with multiplied references.
// Clotilde Scordia: Nidhal Chamekh, iconographe du fragment. 2016. Retrieved 12 September 2019.
2019 | Tunis.tn | DREAMCITY – Festival of Art in the City
2018 | Lund.se | SKISSERNAS MUSEUM – Museum of Artistic Process and Public Art
2018 | Jeddah.ae | JEDDAH ARTS
2017 | Milan.it | FM Center for Contemporary Art
2017 | Tunis.tn | DREAMCITY – Festival of Art in the City
2014 | Dakar.sg | DAK’ART – Biennal of Contemporary Art
Since 2012 | Regular exhibition activity, mainly in Europe and North-Africa.
Paris.fr | Panthéon La Sorbonne | PhD researcher in Fine Arts and Art Sciences
Paris.fr | Panthéon La Sorbonne | MA in Fine Arts and Art Sciences
Tunis.tn | School of Fine Arts (ISBAT). Graduated in Fine Arts
Lives in Paris.fr and Tunis.tn.
1985 Born in Dahami.tn
Emma Chupp: Interview with Nidahl Chamekh. Universes in Universe. August 2015. Retrieved on 12 September 2019.
Clotilde Scordia: Nidhal Chamekh, iconographe du fragment. 2016. Retrieved 12 September 2019.