DAK’ART 2014

11ème Biennale de l’Art Africain Contemporain 09/05>08/06

Meriem Bouderbala


Karakuz the Locus Geni (Or the wisdom of popular small disturbances) : print on plexiglas, 32 x 20 x 5 cm each, 2013, courtesy of the artist.

Karakuz is the symbol of refusal. Mischievous and immoral character in the oriental popular tradition of the East, these scatological and saucy pirouettes are not simply harmless amusements, they show on their tiny scale the fertilizing of origins. The obscenity of Karakuz is a call to life, to creative disorder, to freedom. Nothing serious, just a wink, a flick, a burst of laughter.
The place which welcomes the work of Meriem Bouderbala carries the ’genius loci’ or the spirit of the place, with which the artist composes and negotiates.
Introducing contemporary art here, where it is unexpected, is a risky gamble. The rejection could be violent, overwhelming, and the transplant impossible.
The approach is rather accepting and assimilating the legitimate resistance of the place.
Another contemporary expression can be born in this consent, less assured of itself, and in dialogue with its inhabitants, with tradition, with the space with the gestures of the collective memory.

Born in 1960 in Tunis, Meriem Bouderbala started her artistic career at the Academy of Fine Arts in Aix en Provence and the Chelsea Art School in London. Since 1986, Meriem has exhibited both in France and Tunisia but also in Washington on the occasion of a group exhibition at the "Museum of Women" in 1994, but also the Museum of Contemporary Art in Lisbon. Meriem Bouderbala is a confirmed artist and her works are now part of the permanent collection of the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris. Meriem Bouderbala is a major player in the development of contemporary art and it is now one of the five most influential Arab women artists. Her work is influenced by her passion for the "minority art" or contemporary art that explores the ways outside the traditional thoughts. Her interests also cover multiple topics such as femininity, chaos and culture. Her work represents a way of conceptualizing difficult or impossible topics. In her latest exhibition at the gallery GVCC in Casablanca, Meriem Bouderbala presented a work that is born of the dialogue between the phantasm of the Eastern woman and current issues of the status of women in the Arab world.

View online : meriem.bouderbala.free.fr