02. Artists

Massinissa Selmani

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b. 1980 in Algiers(Algeria); lives and works in Tours (France)

Massinissa Selmani’s drawings and videos are inspired by today’s news and its endless stream of images. He responds to its moments of pomposity with a deliberate economy of means and a gestural discretion that find expression in montages of images and drawings, and brief animated pieces that blend humour, irony and sometimes rebelliousness.

Massinissa Selmani is collaborating on the Veduta platform at this year’s Biennale de Lyon. His work will also be on show at the 2015 Venice Biennale and has recently been seen at CCC in Tours and the Dakar Biennial.

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Works


La vie moderne

Souvenir du vide, 2011-2015

In Souvenir du vide (A Memory of Emptiness), an animated film projected onto cubes made of tracing paper, Massinissa Selmani juxtaposes tragic pictures along with comic and, sometimes, indecipherable images. In what appears to be an arbitrary movement, the scenes are invited into one another, moving from absence of space to absence of time in order to configure the artist’s perception of reality: a world overwhelmed to such an extent by images and events that it is impossible to discern the purpose. 

Venues : Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art (macLYON)

Getting there

La vie moderne

T'en fais pas. Et moi, je plante les clous, Création Biennale 2015

Massinissa Selmani is presenting a polyptich comprising five framed drawings. A stretch of water, a man and his child… and then, at the end, an explosion. One phrase: “The Sea”. Selmani’s work is like a storyboard for a potential film. As the artist explains, “This polyptich was inspired by various pictures of immigrants arriving, along with other images, cut out from the press, that had no bearing on the subject.” 

Venues : Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art (macLYON)

Getting there



Gallery
Massinissa Selmani 3 photos
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Massinissa Selmani
Souvenir du vide - 2011-2015
La vie moderne | Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art (macLYON)
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© Blaise Adilon

Massinissa Selmani
Souvenir du vide - 2011-2015
La vie moderne | Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art (macLYON)
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© Blaise Adilon

Massinissa Selmani
T'en fais pas. Et moi, je plante les clous - Création Biennale 2015
La vie moderne | Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art (macLYON)