On a bare piece of land, nothing remains of the prison that stood for decades at the heart of Tunis city.
The artist questions the memory of the place through the souvenirs of an ex-prisoner of the famous Tunisian prison 9 April, with the aim of rebuilding archives based on the subjectivity of images, stories and feelings of the prisoners who were incarcerated mainly for criminal cases.
Considering the memory as an access point to the prison, he points the finger at the impact of confinement on the human being and all the social problems it generates.
Creations / Parcours
Malek Gnaoui (Tunis)
Born in 1983, Malek Gnaoui is a plastic artist who lives and works in Tunisia. His training at the school of Arts and Decoration and his learning experience at the center of ceramics of Sidi Kacem Jellizi allowed him to develop a new form of artistic practice that captivates the spaces in which he performs.
Between videos, ceramics, installation and his performance, Malek Gnaoui tackles thorny topics about the social conditions and the notion of human sacrifice in all its forms.
He participated in several exhibitions in renown institutions such as the festival Dream City (Tunis), Shubbak festival (London), Institutions of Islamic Cultures (Paris), the Friche La Belle de Mai (Marseille), 1:45 (London) and in galleries with Selma Feriani Gallery (London, Tunis), Talmart Gallery (Paris) and many more.
Production : L’Art Rue / Dream City
With the support of the Ministry of Cultural Affairs
Technical Partner : SYBEL Light & Sound
Place provided by l’Institut National du Patrimoine (INP)
The artistic residence of this artist was supported by the DROSOS-foundation as part of the project ““Fabrique artistique d’espaces populaires” (Artistic manufacturing of public spaces).
Acknowledgments : The former prisoners of the Prison du 9 avril and the technicians who collaborated on this artistic proposal.