Massinissa Selmani was born in 1980 in Alger. After his studies in computer science in Algeria, he entered the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Tours from which he graduated in 2010. Presented at the 56th Venice Biennale (All the World’s Futures, curated by Okwui Enwezor, May 9th– November 22nd 2015), Massinissa Selmani received special recognition from the Jury. In 2016, he was the laureate of the 10th edition of the Art [ ] Collector prize, Paris. He recently had an exhibition at the CCC in Tours, at the first Vendôme Triennale, at the Dakar Biennale and the Lyon Biennale (La vie Moderne, curated by Ralph Rugoff, September 10th 2015 – Janvier 3rd 2016). He also collaborated with Veduta, a platform for whom he created eight artworks in eight private apartments. The works of Massinissa Selmani reveal the ambiguity of signs by pushing their juxtaposition to the point of provoking an absurd and obviously eloquent situation: a drawing that presents two incompatible scenes that must be connected by looking at them, or a picture duplicated by a tracing paper. This duplication blurs or corrects the image. Massinissa Selmani’s approach stems from the many experiments that drawing has to offer. His works’ subjects often find their origin in current political and social events and newspaper cuttings. The images they contain, having went through a selection process, treatment, framing and obeying documentary, archive and sometimes staging and narration codes, offer a field of permanent experimentation. Massinissa Selmani is represented by Selma Feriani Gallery in London & Anne-Sarah Bénichou gallery in Paris.
UPCOMING EXHIBITION FEBRUARY 2018
Images courtesy of the artist