Comme de l’eau
Sunday 3 November 2019, at 3 pm
By Taysir Batniji
As part of its Ekphrasis exhibition, the Boghossian Foundation presents the performance Comme de l’Eau (Like Water, 2008) by artist Taysir Batniji, a subtle, sober and delicate work that questions our political, environmental and philosophical attitudes.
Following writer Mahmoud Darwhich who has established the existence of 109 words for “water” in Arabic, the artist has set himself the defiant and painstaking task of tracing these in “basic’ letterstrokes, using only water – salt or chalky as his medium. The gestural instantaneousness, with its ephemeral nature, so specific to performance, refers us back to the precariousness of existence and the persistence of individual memories. Beyond a sense of vulnerability, we read in it the capacity of the Palestinian people to invent their daily lives. -Michèle Cohen Hadria
Taysir Batniji (born in 1966 in Gaza) studied fine arts at An-Najah National University in Nablus, Palestine, and continued his artistic studies in Bourges, Paris and Marseille. He now lives and works in Paris.
Taysir Batniji originally studied painting, but his artistic practice has evolved since the 1990s to include video and photography. The artist documents the reality of life in Palestine in a non-spectacular and simple way, by focusing on the notions of displacement mobility and obstacle. He expresses his current social, political and cultural issues in Palestine through his work. Displacement, the division of land and checks at crossroads are inherent preoccupations for the daily lives and mobility of Palestinians. Facing these realities, Taysir Batniji positions himself as both an active player and a witness to situation his country is facing.
His work was shown at the Aperture Foundation in New York in 2012, at the BF15 Art Space in Lyon in 2012. He has also participated in festivals dedicated to video creation, and in international events such as the Venice Biennale in 2003 and 2009, and the Sharjah Biennial in 2007. His work L’homme ne vit pas seulement de pain #2 (Man does not live by bread alone # 2) and his series of photographs Miradors were shown during the exhibition Beyond Borders at the Boghossian Foundation in 2018.
BOGHOSSIAN FOUNDATION – VILLA EMPAIN
Centre for art and dialogue between Eastern and Western cultures
Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 67
B – 1050 Brussels
The performance is included with the exhibition Ekphrasis entry-ticket.
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