b. 1983 Gabes, Tunisia / Lives and works in Tunis, Tunisia
The work of Malek Gnaoui engages issues around social conditions and the notion of human sacrifice. Working accross video, ceramics, printmaking, installation, sound and performace, his approach towards materiality enables him to develop an alternative practice that combines everyday materials with traditional techniques. He grinds bricks into powder which becomes lithography pigment, and introduces powdered brick to clay to produce sculptures with a specific quality that refernces everyday materials. The physical involvement of production allows a performative aspect to emerge.
Malek Gnaoui graduated from the L’Ecole d’Art et de Décoration in Tunis and trained at the ceramics center of Sidi Kacem Jellizi in Tunis, Tunisia
He has recently exhibited ambitious projects and exhibitions at Dream City, Tunis, Tunisia / Shubbak Festival, London, UK / Jaou, Tunis, Tunisia / Institute of Islamic Culture, Paris, France.
Gnaoui’s work forms part of many prestigious collections of art including the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK / The British Museum, London, UK, The Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden in Marrakech, Morocco and The Kamel Lazaar Foundation, Tunis, Tunisia.