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Massinissa Selmani

Drawn forms
5–17 August 2019

Massinissa Selmani, soon #7
Soon #7, 2016, (soon series), graphite and coloured pencil on paper, 79 × 105 cm

Drawing and installation

Hohensalzburg Fortress

Teaching language
English (teacher also speaks French and Arabic)

What to bring
Favourite device for drawing or writing, charcoal, graphite, sketch book, tracing paper, tape, scissors/cutter, coloured pencils (further materials can be purchased at the Academy shop)

Capacity to work in a group and autonomously

Maximum number of participants

Hannah Bruckmüller

Participation fee
€ 700.– (€ 540.–)

In recent years, drawing has seen a revival of interest and is now considered in its complexity as a direct, light and dynamic medium. This course is for students who are sensitive to contemporary drawing practices without distinction of level. This is a global approach to drawing through various aspects and techniques.

From drawing from the living model to various experiments, the purpose of the course will be to understand some issues related to this medium: scale, space setting, links between work, tool and technique. We will also be interested in drawing as a documentary form by making a link with other documentary practices (photojournalism, writing, etc.) and narrative processes or devices whose research for drawn forms is the guiding thread. Drawing offers infinite possibilities, if one is attentive to the work process – accidents that can arise from the first sketches to the realisation and its staging in the given space.

During the two weeks of classes we will work around individual projects which we will develop together.
Massinissa Selmani, born in Algiers in 1980, lives and works in Tours (FR). Massinissa Selmani’s work finds its origin in socio-political issues, taken from the press cuttings he has been collecting for a number of years. It is through confrontation and juxtaposition, without a logical coherence between these real-life elements, that Massinissa creates enigmatic and ambiguous scenes, underlining the ironic, even tragic character of the absurd and strange situations represented in his drawings. Through an experimental approach to drawing and animation, Massinissa Selmani showcases the documentary dimension to his drawing practice, playing on the boundary between reality and unreality, comedy and tragedy, so typical of his work. (see massinissa-selmani-2/)

Solo exhibitions
2019 Le calme de l’idée fixe, ccc od (centre de création contemporaine olivier debré), Tours. Choses fortuites, Château d’Oiron, Plaine-et-Vallées (FR). 2018 Ce qui coule n’a pas de fin. SAM Art Projects Prize, Palais de Tokyo, Paris. Episodes. École européenne supérieure d’art de Bretagne, Lorient (FR). Poles apart, Museum of African Art, Belgrade. 2017 Les choses que vous faites m’entourent, Galerie Anne-Sarah Bénichou, Paris. Même dans la pierre, il y a du sable, Galerie de l’Etrave, Thonon-Les-Bains (FR). Le vent ne veut jamais rester dehors, Selma Feriani Gallery, Tunis.

Group exhibitions
2019 Dimension supplémentaire, Salle St-Martin, Souillac (FR). Signes personnages, ccc od, Tours. Waiting for Omar Gatlato, Wallach Art Gallery, New York, NY (US). Drawing Biennial 2019, The Drawing Room, London. 2018 Inhabiting the Mediterranean, Institut Valenci. d’Art Modern (IVAM), Valencia (ES). No Looking Back, Okay?, Maribor Art Gallery, Maribor (SI). 2018 A Slice through the World: Contemporary Artists’ Drawings, Modern Art Oxford (UK). Drawing Lab: Cinéma d’été, Drawing Lab, Paris. To live in the mediterranean, Institut Valencià d’Art Modern (IVAM), Valencia (ES). Gold, Yutaka Kikutake Gallery, Tokyo. No Looking Back, Okay?, Maribor Art Gallery, Maribor (SI). 2017 Marcher dans le réve d’un autre, Biennale d’architecture d’Orléans, Frac Centre, Orléans (FR). Tamawuj, 13th Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah (AE). Drawing Biennial 2017, The Drawing Room, London. I want! I want!: Art & Technology, Birmingham Museum and Art, Birmingham (UK). Where the f*ck is my sock, Akinci Gallery, Amsterdam.

Ce qui coule n’a pas de fin, With the support of SAM Art Projects Prize, Paris 2018.
Poles Apart, With the support of the Museum on African Art, Belgrade 2018.
Digital Monograph, Naima Editions, Paris 2016.
Bleu comme une orange, Prix Art [ ] Collector, Paris 2016.
Massinissa Selmani