Cultural Initiatives in North Africa and the Middle East
The B7L9 is pleased to welcome from June 04 to July 31, 2021 the first institutional exhibition of Yesmine Ben Khelil. Entitled Chrysanthemum Forever: I don't know how to do it anymore, this exhibition will run until July 31, 2021.
A vernissage is scheduled for 4 June 2021 at 5pm.
In Chrysanthemum Forever... Ben Khelil chooses the artist's studio as a starting point to rethink the process of art making. She creates an analogy with the surrounding world and its continuous metamorphosis: a tireless machine for generating new forms, as beautiful as they are monstrous and as banal as they are incomprehensible.
This speculative point of departure is key to Yesmine’s process, in which the artist collects the source objects from which new forms can be created, bones upon which a new foundation can be formed and elevated. Multitudes of spaces and temporalities are summoned to portray this unfolding narrative of the genesis of a form. Ben Khelil’s work sides with possibility, allowing for the perception of the uncanny and unexpected associations that would otherwise go unnoticed.
Chrysanthemum Forever: I don't know how to do it anymore invites the visitor to a reflection on the process of creating a work of art. Indeed, the exhibition is itself an ongoing process. The notion of metamorphosis is thus essential to the artist's approach, which disseminates her narrative by establishing a game of exchanges between various elements in motion.
The images reappropriated by Ben Khelil are propagated in the space of B7L9 to form multiple narratives. Thus, she distorts and activates another reading of our reality by assembling alternate temporalities that break with the demands of a time whose flow regulates and contains. Through her anthropological approach, the narratives that appear through these devices, tell fragmented stories where it is often a question of hybrid bodies, of tampered reality, of extraterrestrial matter, of invisible forces, or simply of the moment when the formless takes shape.
Born in 1986 in Tunis, Yesmine Ben Khelil lives and works in Tunis. Her artistic work consists mainly in re-appropriating or re-interpreting, through various media (drawing, collage, painting, installation) all kinds of images, objects or texts, in order to represent a world in mutation, and so, to try to seize in this perpetual movement, the meeting point between a virtual past and a non-existent future. Her artistic work consists mainly in re-appropriating or re-interpreting, through various media (drawing, collage, painting, and installation) all manner of image, object, or text, in order to present a world in metamorphosis and perpetual movement, a meeting point between a virtual past and a non-existent future.
Yesmine Ben Khelil studied Plastic Arts and Sciences of Art at the Université de Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, graduating in 2012. Recent exhibitions in Tunisia and internationally include the solo exhibition Tout est rose là-bas au crépuscule at Galerie Maïa Muller (2021); School of Waters, Mediterranea 19 Young Artists Biennale (2021); Salammbô, fureur! Passion! Elephant!, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rouen / Mucem (2021); Climbing Through the Tide, B7L9 (2019); Cosmopolis #1.5: Enlarged Intelligence, Mao Jihong Arts Foundation / Centre Pompidou (2018).