Cultural Initiatives in North Africa and the Middle East
This work is a sculptural geometric form inspired from overhead photography of different architectural composition and designed buildings and tours of cities from all over the world.
More and more artists have integrated the idea of recycling by using old waste that threatened our planet to transform it into works of art. I was immediately seduced by this approach, which combines creation and preservation of the planet, because for me it's about changing the public perception by transforming junk into a work of art. I started to create hybrid sculptures by collecting used electronic objects, broken children's toys as well as various abandoned materials (metal, wood, copper, plaster...). I combined them to create geometric structures inspired mainly by modern architecture.
The confinement was for me the opportunity to explore more deeply this experience mixing daily detritus with objects I had accumulated before. I chose to create installations inspired by aerial visions of big cities playing between a futuristic and offbeat aspect. A way to escape and to militate, a way to close the loop: the city produces waste but with this waste you can also build a city!
Born in Gabes in 1985, Sbai Gnaoui obtains in 2011 a master's degree in plastic arts, specializing in engraving at the ISBA of Tunis. Back in Gabes, he is solicited as a trainer in drawing on silk and glass, at the Training Center of Gabes. At the same time, he joins the Association of Environmental Art (ATAE) where he acquires skills in the decoration of public spaces, especially for children, and the recycling of used materials, meeting Tunisian and foreign artists and professionals. In 2017, he re-enters a Master's degree course in research at the Higher Institute of Arts and Crafts of Gabes; he is currently finishing his dissertation on "Crafts as an incentive or founder of creativity in contemporary Tunisian painting".