About the artist
Photographer, videographer and Tunisian artist Fakhri El Ghezal was born in 1981 in Akouda, where he lives and works. EL Ghezal graduated in Fine Arts from the Higher Institute of Fine Arts of Tunis and in Art and Communication from the Institute of Fine Arts in Nabeul.
In his work, photography shapes the body of he who shapes it, in a perpetual resonance, incessantly moving back and forth between the memory of the flesh and that of the image. The images are also evanescent marks on the skin of photography. Faces and images, bodies and photographs. These are the two poles around which Fakhri's photographic work revolves obsessively. In a slow and long pickaxe movement that rises into the air and plunges into the earth, the same gestures, over the years, fertilize with wounds. Fertile patience then allows for the fruit to appear slowly, and to be harvested. Every time it is the same, and each time it is different. Coming yet going, faces yet images, bodies yet photographs, black yet white, political yet intimate, fiction yet documentary, the self yet the other.
His works have been presented at international exhibitions and festivals, such as the African Meetings of Photography in Bamako, the African Film Festival of Tarifa, Spain, the Beirut Art Center in Lebanon, at the CCCB in Barcelona, les Halles de Schaerbeek and KVS in Brussels, at the Abu Dhabi Art Fair, the New Museum in New York and at MuCEM in Marseille.