Cultural Initiatives in North Africa and the Middle East
The Kamel Lazaar Foundation is delighted to announce the opening of the exhibition PRESTIGE by Dora Dalila Cheffi. The opening will take place on Friday, May 20th 2022 from 6pm and the exhibition will continue until July 17th at the B7L9 Art Station in Bhar Lazreg.
Dora Dalila Cheffi is a Tunisian-Finnish artist based in Tunis and has been in a long-term studio and research residency at B7L9 over the past year. Her exhibition PRESTIGE is a dive into the universe of weddings in Tunisia from the perspective of the artist. As part of the research aspect of the residency, she travelled around the country to develop her concept and approach, attended many wedding ceremonies and summoning her own experiences in the process.
In this exhibition, she tackles marriage not as an institution but through their aesthetic, sounds, images, social cues, and reminiscences. Through the resulting new series of new paintings, video works, and performances, the artist rebuilds a whole universe that links her to her own memories of the weddings she attended during family celebrations.
PRESTIGE is the artist’s look at deeper realities behind the ceremony of weddings through a deeply personal approach to an important part of Tunisian life, an encounter full of wonder, humour, self-reflection, and passion.
Developed with the support of the Kamel Lazaar Foundation, this solo exhibition of Dora Dalila Cheffi will be accompanied by a public program at B7L9 Art Station in Bhar Lazreg
Dora Dalila Cheffi (b. 1990, Helsinki) lives and works in Tunis. She has a BA from Aalto University School of Art, Design, and Architecture. Her first solo exhibition, ‘Bitter Oranges,’ occurred in Tunis in February 2020. Her artwork has been part of group shows with Selma Feriani Gallery and The Other Space by Andersen’s Contemporary and shown online with Taymour Grahne Projects. Her work is part of the Kamel Lazaar Foundation collection, the permanent collection at the Museum of Contemporary Art Al Maaden (MACAAL), and the Beth Rudin DeWoody collection. Dora Dalila Cheffi was selected for participation in the Nuoret 2023 (Young Artists) exhibition.