Based between his native Tunis and Paris, Nidhal Chamekh’s work is an investigation into history as a point of access to our contemporary times. Drawing on both biography and politics, his work takes the form of drawing, installation, photography and videos. His drawings demonstrate a technique that is perpetually developed and challenged through his employment of a variety tools including pencil, brush, bread, charcoal and sponge. Despite the experimental application method, his execution is precise in its pursuit to replicate and observe reality. His line, essentially fragmented, draws on all eras and confuses spaces and cultures. We could consider his work as a sampler of the chaos of history developing cross-sections of this chaos and constituting a kind of social and cultural archaeology that renders the historical complexity of images perceptible.
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