Selim Ben Cheikh was born in 1979 in Akouda (Tunisia). He graduated from the advanced institute of fine arts of Tunis in 2003. He obtained a master degree in esthetics and sciences of arts in the university of Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Selim is currently pursuing a PHD in arts and sciences of arts in the advanced institute of arts of Tunis. Selim Ben Cheikh exhibited both in Tunisia and France Since 2004. He resided at the Glassbox space of art (Paris) in June 2014. His last solo exhibition was in March 2014, at A-Gorgi gallery in Tunis.
His practice reflects his interests for the political, social, cultural changes that happens in Tunisia and all over the MENA zone.
His work is politically engaged. He questions the religious factor while he’s scared about the future. This fear appears in his photo serie 'Blur'. Paradoxically this serie shows us hope. His work is an attempt to translate some concepts and expressions from verbal to visual.
About the Blur (Flou) serie
Selim represents "Blur" in the cross line with today's Humanity. A successful photo considers many criteria: aesthetics, contrast, composition, clearness ... . These criteria are standard rules. He can’t prevent himself to be like the Dadaist artist by rejecting harsh reality and breaking the rules in a place which contain no rules. The reality that he sees, is that we live in a period without landmarks and borders. The horizon is imperceptible. We can’t know how tomorrow will look like.
His photos take political positions. Since many years we talk about constructive chaos. Each day brings us a new war, a new conflict or a new disaster whether it is ecological, sanitary or humanitarian. When Humanity looses values, landmarks, ethics, everything is possible, especially bad things.
In his serie “Blur”, he proposes photos that look like the actual disorder. Limits are elusive and formless. The horizon is vanishing. There is a kind of tension between colors, elements and forms. The contours are not delineated, so it creates a disorder that produces tensions. He started this serie in 2012, when his country (Tunisia) was in the eye of a storm. He lived in a special context with political violence and without knowing a date for the next elections. His serie "Blur" grew after the assassination of two political leaders in 2013. The country was near a civil war, and tension was noticeable in each moment and place.
04.01.2016 - 29.01.2016