Slimen El Kamel

b.1983

Slimen El Kamel was born in Mazouna in the region of Sidi Bouzid in Tunisia. Nurtured in the popular narrative, his childhood was moulded by the imagination of the rural environment where the tradition of folk tales and poetry flourished. His studies at the Higher Institute of Fine Arts in Tunis allowed him to crystallise this literary and intellectual heritage into a singular artistic practice. A practice whose genesis opens through a writing and draws its resources from its texts, sometimes poetic or literary, sometimes memorial or improvised. The daily writing exercise, while it delimits, extends the horizons of its physical universe.

Not far from free figuration, the artist questions the relationship between the real and the imaginary through the dramatization of the constellated image. Images of memory, of a reality taken from everyday media, intersect in a pictorial field where, on the surface of a picture, the rustling of a dialogue begins without end, not for the narrative of a fact, but for a festival of narratives.

His more recent work considers the links between the human body and everyday consumable objects. El Kamel considers the ways in which virtual and lived reality hinge upon visual and auditory channels of communication.

El Kamel holds a Masters in painting from the Tunis Institute of Fine Arts. He has participated in exhibitions and art fairs in Africa and Europe. El Kamel was an art resident at the Living Arts Center at Rades for a year and paid multiple artistic and research visits to Paris, Algeria, and Bahrain. He was a finalist of the inaugural Sovereign MENA Art Prize in partnership with Start. This prize awards 30 of the most exciting mid-career artists across the MENA region with an exhibition in Alserkal Avenue, Dubai. The exhibition took place in October 2016. The artist is also active as an art critic.

Slimen El Kamel

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MENA Art Prize

MENA Art Prize

Slimen El Kamel
News
09 Oct 2016

Top 30 finalist list profiles mid-career artists in the Middle East North Africa region.

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Exhibitions

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'NOW'

'NOW'

Slimen El Kamel, Neill Wright
London
06 Apr 2017 - 06 May 2017

A two man exhibition by Slimen El Kamel and Neill Wright.

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The Familiar Vertigo

The Familiar Vertigo

Slimen El Kamel
Publication
12 Apr 2017

This essay by renowned critic and art historian Gerard Xuriguera discusses the work of Tunisian artist Slimen El Kamel.

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NOW

NOW

Slimen El Kamel, Neill Wright
Publication
28 Mar 2017

A two man exhibition by Slimen El Kamel and Neill Wright

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