Born in 1985 in Dahmani, Tunisia, Nidhal Chamekh graduated from the School of Fine Arts in Tunis and the University of Sorbonne in Paris. He continues to work and live between the two cities. Nidhal’s creations reflect on the times we inhabit. His artwork is situated at the intersections of the biographic and the political, the lived and the historical, the event and the archive. From drawing to installations, and from photography to videos, Nidhal Chamekh’s oeuvres dissect the constitution of our contemporary identity. His artwork has been exhibited at the Venice Biennial, the Aïchi Triennale, the Yinchuan Biennial, the Dakar Biennial and has been shown in Tunis at Politics Collective exhibitions, in Paris at The Arab World Institute, The Drawing Now, in Italy at FM Contemporary Art Center, in London at Drawing Room, during 1:54 Art Fair and in Art Basel and the Hood Museum among others.
“The plastic journey of the artist demonstrates the rigor and the full commitment by which he confronts that which is of concern to us historically and politically. He unceasingly oscillates which he offers us to see between lived experience and the violence of representation. He stages space, the imperceptible space between a certain mute violence of the intimate experience of trauma, and another violence: that of emphatic exposure or overexposure. In this way, the world opens up to the beholder on Chamekh’s work and on his entire being, beyond any symbolic or metaphorical effusion. But in a sensory experience that moves the viewer’s position as a subject with a point of view, and places him in his constitutive abyss made of fragments of memory, of encrypted and encysted yet unhealed wounds. The world is gradually closing as it globalizes, withdrawing as it is exposed in various media and telecommunications. This world is no longer yielded as a world; it opens to us as a an effort of thought or as an artistic creation offering us the possibility to relate to others. Hence, the artistic experience of Chamekh is inscribed in an effort to unfold our lives by facing its constitutive violence, at all levels, from the intimate to the political.” – Arafat Sadallah
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