Zoulikha Bouabdellah

Mirage II, 2011
Zoulikha Bouabdellah

Laser cut steel and car paint, 160x160cm, Ed.3

 

The pieces Mirage "brings us back to the ideals of the revolution". Will they inspire the continuation of the story, or agitated as broken promises, will they remain in the state of mirages, as a more or less distorted picture of what was a real ideal?. In between what is here (the revolution) and what will arrive (the democracy), the artist has found in the military aircraft Mirage a perfect image of the visible and not visible. The idea takes the form of a geometric composition inspired by the geometric Arabic artistic repertoire. As the concepts that underline the tradition of the tiles, the Mirage artworks show the unattainable in an experience that exceeds the contemplation and pushes to interpretations. Just as the passing by of this plane is difficult to discern -due to the physical phenomenon of refraction seeked on purpose by the makers of the aircraft- the shapes of Mirage combine a series of rhythmic movements that the eye can not accurately see. These are shapes that summon actors and spectators of the history with this lack of certainty that characterizes each revolutionary episode.

 

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