Massinissa Selmani

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    Massinissa Selmani, Boussole (Compass) 2020 Graphite and coloured pencil on paper, 50 x 65 cm Courtesy the artist © Adagp, Paris

Born1980 Algiers, Massinissa Selmani lives in Tours and Tizi-Ouzou. Graduated from Computer science, University of Tizi-Ouzou, Algeria (2003); and DNSEP, École des beaux-arts de Tours, France (2010).

Selmani's practice is made up of drawn forms that emphasize the documentary dimension of drawing and the narrative processes that result from it, creating works at the frontier of the real and the unreal, the political and the poetic, the comic and the tragic, which are characteristic of his work.

Select solo exhibitions include Le calme de l’idée fixe, Centre de création contemporaine Olivier Debré (CCC OD), Tours, France (2019); Choses fortuites, Château d’Oiron, France (2019); Ce qui coule n’a pas de fin. SAM Art Projects Prize, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2018); and Les choses que vous faites m’entourent, Selma Feriani gallery, Tunis (2017).

Select group exhibitions include The wall at the end of the rainbow, Jan Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht (2020); Waiting for Omar Gatlato, The Wallach Art Gallery, New York (2019); Incursioni D’arte Nella Civiltà, Fondazione Pierluigi e Natalina Remotti, Camogli, Italy (2019); Inhabiting the Mediterranean, Institut Valencià d’Art Modern (IVAM), Valencia (2018); No Looking Back, Okay?, Maribor Art Gallery, Slovenia (2018); A Slice through the World: Contemporary Artists’ Drawings, Modern Art Oxford (2018); Tamawuj, 13th Sharjah biennial, Sharjah (2017); Social Calligraphies, Zachęta Narodowa Galeria Sztuki, Warsaw (2016); All the world’s futures, 56th Venice Biennale, Venice (2015); La vie moderne, 13th biennale de Lyon, Lyon (2015); and Produire le commun, Dak'Art - Biennale de l'Art Africain Contemporain, Dakar (2014).

Awards include SAM Art Projects Prize, Paris (2016); Art Collector Prize, Paris (2016); and Special mention, 56th Venice Biennale (2015).

Last updated: 13.04.2021

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