The Joël Andrianomearisoa studio is offering a series of fascinating exhibitions featuring the contemporary multidisciplinary artist, which will delight art lovers the world over. These exhibitions are scheduled to run until 2024, and will be held in prestigious art spaces such as the Flow Gallery, the Mariane Ibrahim Gallery and the Workshop of the carpet and weaving technical centre in Tunis.
The first exhibition to be put on by the Joël Andrianomearisoa studio is entitled “HIRAFEN” and will run until 20 March 2024 at the Atelier du centre technique du tapis et du tissage in Tunis. Initiated by Behjet Boussofara, Director of Talan, in collaboration with Aïcha Gorgi, Executive Director of Talan l’Expo, the exhibition aims to support and promote contemporary innovation in Tunisia.
For this year’s Talan l’Expo, entitled “Hirafen“, 19 artists, including Joël Andrianomearisoa, have been invited to create a unique dialogue between contemporary art and Tunisian textile crafts. These artists will be presenting works that explore the themes of tradition and local modernity, in a stunning combination of art and craft. Using their own multi-disciplinary artistic approach, each of the contributors takes a unique approach to the history of Tunisian textiles, highlighting the richness and disparity of the colours and patterns.
The “Hirafen” exhibition offers participating actors an opportunity to explore the diversity of traditional crafts and to weave together the beginnings of modern contemporary Tunisian crafts. The artists taking part in this celebration of local craftsmanship through their contemporary art practices are none other than Asma Ben Aïssa, Aïcha Filali, Abdoulaye Konaté, Aymen Mbarki, Aïcha Snoussi, Ali Tnani, Binta Diaw, Chalisée Naamani, Dora Dalila Cheffi, Jennifer Douzenel, Joël Andrianomearisoa, Majd Abdel Hamid, Meriem Bouderbala, Mohamed Amine Hamouda, Moffat Takadiwa, Najah Zarbout, Sonia Kallel, Sara Ouhaddou and Zineb Sedira.
ALMOST HERE ALMOST THERE ALMOST HOME
The second exhibition in the Joël Andrianomearisoa studio is entitled “ALMOST HERE ALMOST THERE ALMOST HOME” and will be held at the Mariane Ibrahim Gallery. It is a group exhibition organised by curator Jérôme Sans and will feature works by Joël Andrianomearisoa, Alexandre Gourçon, Mwangi Hutter and Tony Lewis until 20 January 2024.
These exceptional artists have an art practice that converges on a minimalist aesthetic to explore emotions. The title of the exhibition was inspired by a work by Joël Andrianomearisoa, and the participating artists have come together for the first time to pay homage to moments of silent intimacy, the search for meaning and emotion in what lies hidden in spaces.
Joël Andrianomearisoa is best known for his monumental installations and his investigation into the materiality of feelings. His work is captivating in its immersive aesthetic ability to translate emotions. For this exhibition celebrating emotion, the poetics of the world, textiles and abstract art, the multi-disciplinary artist offers a selection of unique pieces that reflect his art. His work, a cross between art and craft from which the title of the exhibition takes its inspiration, features a set of 200 Beldi glasses and 30 ceramic plates, each bearing a captivating drawing by the artist and highlighting the aesthetics of Moroccan production.
Born in Paris in 1993, Alexandre Gourçon‘s art practice dexterously manipulates canvas and textile to create new scenarios based on simple, striking details such as folds, textures and shadows. In ‘ALMOST HERE ALMOST THERE ALMOST HOME‘, Alexandre Gourçon unveils two of his paintings, La Voix Silencieuse and La Danse Immobile. These works are carefully divided into two parts, to create new textures and volumes that deliberately capture visitors’ attention and invite them to reflect on the binaries that make up life, such as fullness and emptiness, light and darkness, happiness and pain.
Mwangi Hutter originally Ingrid Mwangi and Robert Hutter, merged their names in 2005 to become a single artistic identity, integrating their respective differences of gender and race. Using a variety of media, Mwangi Hutter challenge traditional notions of identity, re-interrogating issues of collective prejudice. Their works on paper from the “Union” series symbolise their use of the body as an object for investigating notions of intimacy and love.
Tony Lewis‘ artistic approach explores social themes such as communication, work, race and power. Born in Los Angeles in 1986, his work incorporates poetry and text in an expressive abstract style. For “ALMOST HERE ALMOST THERE ALMOST HOME“, Tony Lewis presents a site-specific installation composed of drawings on the floor, giving the image of a sculpture in the exhibition room. Combining the boundaries between installation, sculpture and drawing, his work emerges as a mysterious, shifting entity that plays with opposing notions, somewhere between rigidity and softness, strength and fragility, presence and absence.
LE CREPUSCULE DES PROMESSES ETERNELLES
For the third exhibition of the Joël Andrianomearisoa studio, Flow Gallery is pleased to welcome “LE CREPUSCULE DES PROMESSES ETERNELLES“. This solo exhibition, on show until 29 February 2024, unveils the first part of a cycle that Joël Andrianomearisoa is carrying out across time and geography.
A cycle that begins in his home town of Antananarivo, where his last artistic appearance was several years ago. In “LE CREPUSCULE DES PROMESSES ETERNELLES“, the artist presents the very essence of his visual and artistic identity in a moving collection of contemporary works. He builds this evocative work of art by drawing the necessary energy from poetic aesthetics and the musicality of words, but also from the materials intrinsic to his art, notably textiles, paper and metal.