The First Art Newspaper on the Net    Established in 1996 Thursday, September 23, 2021


Sabrina Amrani presents the third solo exhibition of Nicène Kossentini's work at the gallery
Nicène Kossentini, Detail of Poem of Abû Nuwâs, 2020. Ink on paper. 41 x 31 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Sabrina Amrani.



MADRID.- Nicène Kossentini (Tunisia, 1977) continues to explore the social and political dimension of culture. For Memorising, the artist prepared a series of works based on texts by Arab philosophers, thinkers and poets, such as Ibn Khaldun or Khalil Gibran. The calligraphic texts here disappear in an exercise of miniature writing that makes the reading complex and the meaning impossible: works in which famous quotes are intertwined, poems are superimposed, or history texts are dissolved in water. Nicène questions not only the liquid aspect of culture and tradition, but also the concepts of identity, civilization and history. How does a civilization survive and evolve when tangible knowledge becomes unintelligible?

In the words of the historian of Al-Andalus and father of political sociology Ibn Khaldun (1332-1406): "Language is one of the facets of thought." For Kossentini, the gesture of writing is assimilated to the construction of a thought, a time that stretches, a diluted content. The artist poses a contemporary and universal problem: the loss of the meaning of words, and likewise the loss of knowledge. “While I was studying, there came a time when I became aware of a breakdown. All my learning, the literary and poetic heritage that had been transmitted to me, seemed unrelated to my present.”explains Kossentini. The artist explores this feeling, from which her practice becomes a process of investigation of language, its form and its meaning. Far from a demagogic debate, the artist is interested in the protagonism of the continent vis-à-vis content (form versus meaning), in a society where the contemplation of the visual distracts from the importance of meaning.

Nicène Kossentini carefully selected illustrious text fragments, turning them into a landscape of unintelligible characters, even for anyone with knowledge of Arabic script. The manuscripts leave room for a landscape of diluted letters, according to philosopher and art critic Christine Buci-Glucksman: «The thought of the line, its absence in the presence, has invaded everything; past of an illegible writing-memory and present of a floating, indecisive landscape. A nothing about nothing that becomes everything.»

Kossentini's exhibition is summarized in an abstract landscape where knowledge becomes the natural element of a civilization, something that grows and mutates organically and unconsciously. In the rise of political and social issues, such as the crisis of identities, the artist invites us to reflect on a state of constant loss: of time, of knowledge and of the possibilities for the individual to act in the present and be an actor of the future.

Nicène Kossentini studied in the Academy of Fine Arts in Tunis, at the Marc Bloch University in Strasbourg and at the Sorbonne University in Paris. During the first edition of the International Digital Media in France, she was interned at the Studio National des Arts Contemporains Le Fresnoy and at l'École de l'Image Les Gobelins. Currently, she is assistant professor of experimental cinema at the University of Tunis.

Nicène works have been shown all over the world in art galleries and institutions such as Institut du Monde Arabe (France), MUSAC (Spain), Centro de Atlántico de Arte Contemporáneo (Spain), Círculo de Bellas Artes (Spain), Museum of Boulogne Billancourt (France), National Museum of Carthage (Tunisia), Museum of Contemporary art of Algiers (Algeria), Bamako Biennale, Alexandria Biennale, Tunis Biennale and Thessaloniki Biennale.

Her work is present in prominent public collections such as The British Museum, Kamel Lazaar Foundation or the Museum of Modern Art in Tunis, Tunisia.










Today's News

January 1, 2021

Ancient DNA shows humans settled Caribbean in 2 distinct waves

Gagosian presents an exhibition of new works by Edmund de Waal

Pippy Houldsworth Gallery opens an exhibition of works by Kenturah Davis, Mary Kelly, and Agnes Martin

Exhibition features a rarely seen full-set of twenty-four limited edition silver platters by Picasso

Nearly a century later, we're still reading - and changing our minds about - Gatsby

Pierre Cardin: He dressed Jane Jetson and Lady Gaga

Flowers Gallery announces the 38th edition of the annual Small is Beautiful exhibition

Susan R. Ewing announces retirement from Cranbrook Academy of Art

French theatre legend Robert Hossein dies aged 93

Toi Tū Toi Ora: Contemporary Māori Art wows audiences at Auckland Art Gallery

Landmark new commission by Nathan Coley revealed on Liverpool's World Heritage Waterfront

BTS' "Dynamite" costumes to headline Julien's Auctions MusiCares Charity Relief Auction

Galleries come together to launch a collaborative online exhibitions platform: In Touch

Hollywood productions shut down again as LA Covid cases soar

'Growing Up Travelling: The Inside World of the Irish Traveller Children' by Jamie Johnson

Launch of online gallery Crean & Company champions global line-up of contemporary artists

MPavilion announces trailblazing, adaptive takeover of Parkade Carpark

Art Gallery of South Australia announces highlights of 2021 program

Lee Seung Taek's 'Non-Art: The Inversive Act' on view at National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art

The Architectural Digest Design Show is now the NY Luxury Design Fair

Sabrina Amrani presents the third solo exhibition of Nicène Kossentini's work at the gallery

Taipei Dangdai announces new dates for 2021 edition

Kohn Gallery presents a solo exhibition by New York based artist Sophia Narrett

Tim Ross partners with National Gallery of Australia to explore artistic inspiration

How Social Media is Ruining Physical + Mental Health, How To Reverse it

How to Choose a Good Substrate for Cannabis

Top 10 laptops with full keyboard │ Number pad laptops

What should you look for in a plastic surgeon?

GARAGE DOOR INSTALLATION AND REPAIR IN CANADA.

Tips for selecting paint for your home




Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 



Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

sa gaming free credit

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org avemariasound.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site Parroquia Natividad del Señor
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful