Meet the Artists: Art Dubai Commissions 2016 | Massinissa Selmani

09 February 2016

© Copyright 2016 The Art Dubai BlogNada Bokhowa 

Running alongside the residency and projects programme, Art Dubai Commissions 2016 artists include Doa Aly, Massinissa Selmani, Nile Sunset Annex and Sreshta Rit Premnath. Art Dubai Commissions is curated by Yasmina Reggad. ‘I have always been fascinated by the printing environment,’ says Massinissa Selmani, who hails from Algiers. ‘I started reading many newspapers and magazines until this reading became an exclusive source of information and inspiration to fuel my work.’

Name: Massinissa Selmani

Hometown: Algiers, Algeria

University: Degree in Visual Arts from École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Tours, France

Most Recently: Collaborated on the Veduta platform at the 13th Lyon Biennale in France and participated in ‘All The World’s Futures’ exhibition at the 56th Venice Biennale in Italy

Specialising in: Montages of drawings, images and short animations often inspired by today’s news and its stream of images which blend humour, irony and at times rebelliousness

Art Dubai: The subjects of your works are often based on political, social news and press clippings. Can you describe why this has been a particular source of inspiration for your art?  

Massinissa Selmani: During my childhood and adolescence my father had a reprography workshop in Algeria. I have always been fascinated by the printing environment. I started reading regularly, step by step, many newspapers and magazines until this reading became an exclusive source of information and inspiration to fuel my work with social and political events.

AD: Your practice spans montages of images, drawings and short animations. How would you like your art to evolve? Are there any mediums or subjects you would like to work with in the future?

MS: I am continuing my exploration in drawing. Right now I am reflecting on the different types of hanging and exhibiting processes and the connection between drawing, documenting practices and architecture. I also hope to devote myself more to drawing moving objects. I am still interested in themes derived from social and political events, but also from historical events such as certain unknown aspects of the history of Algeria.

AD: In terms of developing and exhibiting the project commissioned for Art Dubai, what are you most looking forward to in the months leading up to the fair?

MS: It is a new experience for me. I have never been commissioned to do any work before so I am very much looking forward to seeing the numerous exchanges with Yasmina Reggad becoming concrete and leading to an innovative piece of art.


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