Saâdane Afif combines fine art with text, music and motion, transforming one art form into another in collaboration with other artists: His highly reflexive works are interdisciplinary. By inviting writers to write about works of fine art and then asking musicians and actors to react to the resultant texts, Afif transfers the visual sense to something else. This way, he is able to project the basic essence of a piece into the interpretations of various artists and emphasise this essence while doing so.
This work method is efficient and spirited; artistic works always lead to new artistic works, one exhibition leads to the next and they each relate to one another and become intertwined. In Afif’s art however, top priority in this seemingly so logical development of works is the aspect of transformation which allows different influences to affect a creation from outside, which continually seeks the elusive and untranslatable nature of the piece.
Saâdane Afif was born in 1970 in Vendôme, France. He lives and works in Berlin.
For his exhibition ANTHOLOGIE DE L’HUMOUR NOIR (2010) he was awarded the Prix Marcel Duchamp.
Among his numerous solo exhibitions are A lecture, A Recording & A Few Witnesses, OPA, Guadalajara, México (2010); Variétés, Galerie Mehdi Chouakri, Berlin (2009); Feedback, EACC Espai d’Art Contemporani de Castello, Valencia (2009); Technical Specifications, Witte de With, Rotterdam (2008); and Lyrics, in Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2005).
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