Houda Ghorbel + Wadi Mhiri

ARTIST’S STATEMENT | After See Djerba

We already took part in INTERFERENCE, and it was a great experience. After being asked by Aymen and Bettina to participate in SeeDjerba, we were excited and already started thinking of an idea, a creation. It was a chance to be in such a multicultural environment, the diversity lead us to be more creative and innovative. Working in a site specific context is always a new challenge.
It was not our first time in Djerba, but the first project, and the first time we find ourselves in this cross-cultural and international context and group. In the beginning, we felt lost, finding a site was not so easy and our quest took a big part of our stay. We found different inspiring spaces but with a big constraint till we visit the Hangar in the Mediterranean Center. That was the perfect space in the perfect timing.
During our stay, we met new people, had deep discussions with different interesting persons, the time spent there was enriching and we made a lot of new friends, networks… the local community was friendly, welcoming and as soon as we arrived we felt home. We loved the atmosphere and ambiance. The shared catering was a great idea of meetings, exchanges and commitment. The good vibes were everywhere.
We think that SeeDjerba was an opportunity to share, enrich and create in an environment full of positive energy. Tthe community was impressive, the volunteers were very engaged. SeeDjerba brought light to the island, and alternative to have more activities, and we hope to See this energy in the future.

SEE DJERBA SITE
The Mediterranean Cultural Center od Houmt Souk. The building dating from 1908, served as public treasure in Houmt Souk in Djerba.

ARTWORK DESCRIPTION

WE PROMISE YOU …

Technique: Installation made of wire and black light

Promises, promises, and promises. They promise changes, for the time of a beautiful speech, thevtime to gather the gratitude of the actions never carried out. Promises are never kept.
40,600 workstations that they are supposed to create, 1513 archaeological sites that they are supposed to restore, 3200 projects to develop public spaces, on papers, that they plan to carry out. Large terms are quickly used : cleanliness, environment, local democracy, decentralization, etc.
The work is constructed by white threads revealed in black light and has an image and text arranged on the ceiling using the technique of anamorphosis. In the latter, the image is visible only from one privileged point. As you move around the room, the image is distorted, stretching strangely and will no longer have any meaning.
The message of the installation is addressed to politicians and their demagogic discourses, which, as anamorphosis, from an angle of view appear clear and promising, but quickly lose all their senses as soon as one turns away. Then by discovering the work, the visitor is invited to look for the location of visibility, to observe the message and to decipher it.

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Photos: Houda Ghorbel and Wadi Mhiri.

ARTIST’S STATEMENT
The island of djerba, by its urban and natural landscape, inspires us and leave us and allows us to dream.
“SEE Djerba” is an opening toward new adventures for us, with a serious and qualified team. It’s also a unique moment of exchange and complicity shared between artists, accomplices, coaches, visitors and future colleagues, in order to take part “perhaps” in the construction of a better world.

ARTISTIC APPROACH
Their passion and commitment is their poetic vector. Houda Ghorbel and Wadi Mhiri are conceptual artists and work transdisciplinary with ceramics, photography, performance, light, installation and interventions among others. Their concepts are reflecting on societal questions with strong links to sociocultural developments. ” We start our building process from a space and the association it allows, we are guided by our ideas and we build by experiencing the impact of our interventions. Our projects have in common that they address the human body as the storage of experience as well as the collective memory and its shaping. We are interested in the interplay of the individuum and the collective, we reflect on the dynamics of individual and collective identities and their impact on religious and political culture.”

Houda Ghorbel + Wadi Mhiri. Vide-mémoire. INTERFERENCE Tunis 2016. Photo Zied Mnif (1)
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Cercle vicieux Wadi Mhiri et Houda Ghorbel
Ghorbel + Mhiri. SOS Borj en Peril 2016. Photo Wadi Mhiri.
Houda Ghorbel et wadi mhiri cercle vicieux.
Photos: Houda Ghorbel and Wadi Mhiri.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2017 | ART MATTERS | Tunis (tn)
2016 | SEGOU’ART | Segou (Mali)
2016 | WARD AND CARTOUCHES | Alain Nadaud Art and Culture Gallery | Tunis (tn)
2016 | INTERFERENCE | Tunis (tn)
2016 | POLLEN (collective installation) | Dar Al Kamila| La Marsa (tn)
2016 | TRACES, FRAGMENTS OF A CONTEMPORARY TUNISIA (collective exhibition) | MuCEM | Marseille (fr)
2016 | BARCHA (collective exhibition) | Musk and Amber Gallery | Tunis (tn)
2016 | COMME UN FLAMANT ROSE | Marrakech Biennale | Marrakech (ma)
2014 | IN SEARCH OF A MISSING LINK| SOS Borj in Distress | Sfax (tn)
2014 | DIP IN LIGHT WHAT WAS IN DARKNESS | Espace Sadika for Arts | Gammarth (tn)

Houda Ghorbel | DEVELOPMENT
2014 | Awarded at the Centre Soleil d’Afrique | 11th Dak’Art Biennale | Dakar (sg)
2003 | First Prize at the Ceramics Art Exhibition| Plastic Arts Gallery | Sfax (tn)
2009 | Phd in Sciences and Artistic Techniques | Institut Supérieur des Beaux Arts| Tunis (tn)
1968 | Born | Sfax (tn)

Wadi Mhiri | DEVELOPMENT
2004 | Specialisation in Photography and Visual Art
Since 2008 | Director of Pinceau Mirette Children Art Club
1986 | Studies at ESMOD | Paris
1965 | Born | Tunis (tn)

LINKS
Houda Ghorbel + Wadi Mhiri | Web
Houda Ghorbel + Wadi Mhiri | Vimeo

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