Malek Gnaoui

Born in 1983 in Gabes, Tunisia, Malek Gnaoui lives and works in Tunis.

Malek Gnaoui's work focuses on social conditions and the notion of human sacrifice. Working through video, ceramics, engraving, installation, sound and performance, his approach to materiality allows him to develop an alternative practice that combines everyday materials with traditional techniques. He grinds bricks into powder which becomes a lithographic pigment and introduces powdered brick into clay to produce sculptures with a specific quality that refers to everyday materials. The physical involvement of the production allows a performative aspect to emerge.

He has recently presented ambitious projects and exhibitions at Dream City, Tunis, Tunisia / Shubbak Festival, London, UK / Jaou, Tunis, Tunisia / Institut de la culture islamique, Paris, France.

Gnaoui's work is included in many prestigious art collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK / British Museum, London, UK, Al Maaden Museum of Contemporary African Art in Marrakech, Morocco and the Kamel Lazaar Foundation, Tunis, Tunisia.