À ténèbres - Djabril Boukhenaïssi

À ténèbres - Djabril Boukhenaïssi

From July 01 to September 01, 2024

Lee Ufan Arles & GUERLAIN are pleased to announce the exhibition of the winner of the first Art & Environment Prize.

Amélie Blanc

During the winter of 2024, Djabril Boukhenaïssi carried out a creative residency at Lee Ufan Arles, questioning the impact of visual pollution on the disappearance of the night, a precious source of collective imagination.

The exhibition À ténèbres presents a series of previously unpublished paintings and engravings that revolve around a poetic of the contemporary night, inspired by German literature, music and the experience of his Arles residence.

With this exhibition title, which takes up an expression that disappeared in the mid-nineteenth century to designate "at nightfall", the artist evokes the idea that the disappearance of night leads to a diminishment of the imaginary in all the arts and in language.

The works produced by the artist, which revolve around several axes of plastic research, form an ensemble in which paintings and engravings respond to each other. These include the repeated use of violet to represent night, the recurring motif of the Phalene as an eminently nocturnal animal, and the representation of the Alyscamps site in Arles as the setting for all the compositions.

Djabril Boukhenaïssi seizes on certain motifs present in the nocturnal imagery of past centuries to evoke our contemporary night. A double movement thus emerges in his works, interweaving fantastic grammar and scientific observations.

Lee Ufan Arles invites you to visit this exhibition from July 1 to September 1, 2024 at Espace MA, on the second floor of the Hôtel Vernon.

The second edition of the Art & Environment Prize will be launched on April 30, 2024.

Applications will be open from April 30 to July 30, 2024.

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