Malek Gnaoui

Born in 1983 in Gabès, Tunisia, he lives and works in Tunis.
 He did his Ceramicist studies at the School of Art and Design of Tunis and deepened his learning at the National Center of Ceramic Arts “Sidi Kacem Jellizi”. He completed two artistic residencies: one at the Cité des Arts in Paris [FR] and another at the Radés Center of Living Arts, Tunisia.

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.