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Almine Rech


The Hirafen exhibition offers a unique dialogue between contemporary art and crafts. Nineteen multidisciplinary artists have been invited to draw on the expertise of Tunisian weaving and braiding crafts to create specific works of art as part of a research and production residency in Tunisia. Through their respective artistic practices, these artists of different origins and generations have each developed a singular approach that delves into the variety of dimensions of an intangible heritage to be discovered, and whose non-linear history is marked by changes, influences and ruptures.

From the north to the south of Tunisia, in towns and villages, in the public areas of the medinas and in the intimacy of the home, women and men have always woven and embroidered thread and braided natural fibres gathered from their surrounding environment. Their age-old gestures have generated works whose rich diversity of materials, colours and motifs are the result of a wide range of skills and techniques that have been passed down through the time.

Nostalgie d’une utopie panafricaine, Joël Andrianomearisoa, 2023
Installation Textile, fibres végétales, matériaux divers, son. Dimensions variables.
Et si la main était l’histoire (avec la voix de Clotilde Courau)
Tapisserie tissée main réalisée dans les Ateliers Robert Four à Ezzahara, Tunisie, 2022-2023 

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