Somewhere Between Silence and the Spoken Words – Group Show

Maison des Arts, Malakoff, France
26 Jun 2021 - 28 Nov 2021

Lost Quibla (Abandoned Pergola), 2017 (detail) © Amina Menia

Lost Quibla (Abandoned Pergola), 2017 (detail) © Amina Menia

After a year marked by social distance, with no possibility to travel around, the exhibition Somewhere between silence and the spoken words is a journey in Algeria, a place where voices can be heard and silence cherished. Like an outstretched ear over the Mediterranean sea, the exhibition is an opportunity to listen, read and share with the works of artists from Algeria.

The complexity of its social and political history is combine with a vivid cultural diversity, embodied by a multiplicity of the spoken languages (from Berber, Arabic and European languages). Linguistics issues, their pluralism, represent a major fields of artistic researches. The show is centered around a mosaicterritory captured through the prism of the words, voices, words, writings, whether explicit, tacit or even silent. The body of works intends to highlight the plastic, poetic and political potential of an ambivalent: relationship to expression, where generosity in words disputes it with restraint of discourse.

Participating Artists: Louisa Babari, Adel Bentounsi, Walid Bouchouchi, Fatima Chafaa, Dalila Dalléas Bouzar, Mounir Gouri, Fatima Idiri, Sabrina Idiri Chemloul, Amina Menia, Sadek Rahim. 

Curated by Florian Gaité.


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