Malek Gnaoui

He was born in 1983 in Gabès

Biography

He was born in 1983 in Gabès [TN]. He lives and works in Tunis [TN].
He did his Ceramicist studies at the School of Art and Design [TN] and deepened his learning at the National Center of Ceramic Arts “Sidi Kacem Jellizi” [TN]. He completed two artistic residencies: one at the Cité des Arts in Paris [FR] and another at the Radés Center of Living Arts [TN].
Malek often offers ceramic artworks (raw or screen printed) to which he incorporates light, sound or video.

The notion of the «spiritual» is explored in his works based on popular imagery and traditional practices and customs. A series of his works take on the figure of sheep and all the imagery that surround it during the ritual of sacrifice, which is practiced by Muslims. This figure is perplexing, be it the portraits of sheep, knives or objects with horns, the viewer vacillates between two references: that of the bloody ritual and that of the metaphor of the flock.

Exhibitions

List of Exhibitions Solo Show

Gnaoui 2008 2008 Yahia Gallery, Tunis [TN]

Group Shows

Kitsch (to be announced) 2014 AGorgi Gallery, Sidi Bou Said [TN]
Autour de la Terre 2013 Le Violon Bleu Gallery, Sidi Bou Said [TN]

Slash 2013 AGorgi Gallery, Sidi Bou Said [TN]
Politics 2 2013 The National Center of Living Arts, Tunis [TN] Politics 2012 Talmart Gallery, Paris [FR]

Autoportrait 2012 The BAC Art Center, Sidi Thabet [TN]
Act 2 2012 The BAC Art Center, Sidi Thabet [TN]

Politics 2012 The National Center of Living Arts, Tunis [TN] Frontière 2011 The BAC Art Center, Sidi Thabet [TN]

Ouverture 2011 The BAC Art Center, Sidi Thabet [TN]
Exposition 2011 Arcima Gallery, Paris [FR]

Duo 2010 Arcima Gallery, Paris [FR]
Trio 2008 Yahia Gallery, Tunis [TN]