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Thameur Mejri

ARTFORM

drawing, painting, and film

MATERIALS / MEDIA

charcoal, pencil, pastel, acrylic on canvas, photography, and film

GUIDING INTERESTS

Thameur Mejri’s paintings question the social, the political, the sacred, and the profane at the same time. The body is at the center of his paintings as well as the sharp lines, boxes, and skulls that mark out the space with exquisite depth.

QUOTES

“I don’t give answers—on the contrary, I want people to ask questions, to feel uncomfortable, to get lost, to feel moved.”
Cited from: Katarina Kufer: Tunisian Artist Thameur Mejri’s Inevitable Journey. 5 June 2018. >> 29 September 2020.

“I’m trying to challenge the norms and established systems. I think we are under the threat of a destructive power that seeks to dehumanise us, break us, and then incite violence and promote chaos.”
Cited from: Katarina Kufer: Tunisian Artist Thameur Mejri’s Inevitable Journey. . 5 June 2018. >> 29 September 2020.

EXHIBITIONS Selection

2019 | Accra.gh | 1957 GALLERY | “Eroded grounds”
2019 | Brussels.be | BOZAR | “Incarnation, African as a philosophy”, an exhibition of the collection of Sindika Dokolo curated by Kendell Geers
2018 | New York.us | 1:54 ART FAIR
2018 | Dakar.sn | DAKAR BIENNIAL
2017 | London.uk | JACK BELL GALLERY | “Before You Split the Ground”
2017 | Dubaï.ae | ELMARSA GALLERY | “Heretic Spaces”
2012 | La Marsa.tn | ELMARSA GALLERY | “Disaster Pieces”
2010 | La Marsa.tn | ARTYSHOW | “Male (God) Scarecrow”

TEACHING

Since 2011 | Kairoun.tn | Higher Institute of Arts and Crafts | Academic Teaching

FORMATION

2008 | Tunis.tn | School of Fine Arts (ISBAT) | PhD in Sciences and Technologies of the Arts
Tunis.tn | School of Fine Arts (ISBAT) | MA in Fine Arts and Art Sciences
Tunis.tn | School of Fine Arts (ISBAT) | Graduated in Fine Arts.

BIO

Lives in Nabeul.tn
1982 | Born in Tunis.tn

LINKS

MAC LYON: Thameur Mejri: Jusqu’à ce que s’effondrent mes veines (États d’urgence) – Exposition
Lala Lande: Thameur Mejri
Gulf News: Social and cultural dynamics in the Arab world
Montague Contemporary: Thameur Mejri
Alskeral Avenue: HE WHO ASKS QUESTIONS: THAMEUR MEJRI
Harper’s Bazaar Arabia: Katarina Kufer: Tunisian Artist Thameur Mejri’s Inevitable Journey.
Galerie El Marsa: Catalogue of the exhibition “Heretic Spaces”
Galerie El Marsa: Thameur Mejri 

VIDEO

THAMEURjorth: Kays and Thameur Mejri: The Gift (Film).
youtube.com. 25 December 2007. >> 29 September 2020.

THAMEURjorth: Kays and Thameur Mejri: The Plague (Film).
youtube.com. 25 December 2007. >> 29 September 2020.

AUDIO

BBC: “You have to take risks” Tunisian artist Thameur Mejri on politics and painting

IMAGES


Thameur Mejri: Insolation. Galerie LA LA LANDE La Marsa.


Thameur Mejri: I’ll bury my love around you. Galerie LA LA LANDE La Marsa.

AUTHORS

Imen Bahri, Emily Sarsam

FEATURED IMAGE

Thameur Mejri: Detail. 2019.
On: facebook.com. 17 December 2019.