Slimen El Kamel

b.1983

Slimen El Kamel was born in Mazouna in the region of Sidi Bouzid in Tunisia. Nurtured in the popular narrative, his childhood was moulded by the imagination of the rural environment where the tradition of folk tales and poetry flourished. His studies at the Higher Institute of Fine Arts in Tunis allowed him to crystallise this literary and intellectual heritage into a singular artistic practice. A practice whose genesis opens through writing and draws its resources from its texts, sometimes poetic or literary, sometimes memorial or improvised. The daily writing exercise, while it delimits, extends the horizons of its physical universe.

Not far from free figuration, the artist questions the relationship between the real and the imaginary through the dramatization of the constellated image. Images of memory, of a reality taken from everyday media, intersect in a pictorial field where, on the surface of a picture, the rustling of a dialogue begins without end, not for the narrative of a fact, but for a festival of narratives.

His more recent work considers the links between the human body and everyday consumable objects. El Kamel considers the ways in which virtual and lived reality hinge upon visual and auditory channels of communication.

El Kamel holds a Masters in painting from the Tunis Institute of Fine Arts. He has participated in exhibitions and art fairs in Africa and Europe. El Kamel was an art resident at the Living Arts Center at Rades for a year and paid multiple artistic and research visits to Paris, Algeria, and Bahrain. He was a finalist of the inaugural Sovereign MENA Art Prize in partnership with Start. This prize awards 30 of the most exciting mid-career artists across the MENA region with an exhibition in Alserkal Avenue, Dubai. The exhibition took place in October 2016. The artist is also active as an art critic.

Slimen El Kamel

Selected Works

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Latest Insights

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Slimen El Kamel Interviewed for First Issue of PLASTIKOS ISBAS CLUB

Slimen El Kamel Interviewed for First Issue of PLASTIKOS ISBAS CLUB

Slimen El Kamel
Interviews
18 Jun 2018

"Teaching someone to think, to interpret, to design, is the key to innovation and it's more important than teaching them how to do it."

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Sulger-Buel Lovell artists sell above estimate at recent PIASA 'African Contemporary Art Auction'

Sulger-Buel Lovell artists sell above estimate at recent PIASA 'African Contemporary Art Auction'

Soly Cissé, Isabelle Grobler, Slimen El Kamel
News
02 May 2018

PIASA 'African Contemporary Art' Auction Results for 18 April 2018

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Slimen El Kamel features in Wiriko Magazine

Slimen El Kamel features in Wiriko Magazine

Slimen El Kamel
Press
22 Mar 2018

"Art for me is in itself an end. I do not perceive it as a luxury object, I feel it is something integral to life, like inhaling and exhaling..."

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Slimen El Kamel featured in Selections Magazine

Slimen El Kamel featured in Selections Magazine

Slimen El Kamel
Press
02 Mar 2018

Arts / Style / Culture from the Arab world and beyond

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The Telegraph LUXURY features works by Sulger-Buel Lovell artists

The Telegraph LUXURY features works by Sulger-Buel Lovell artists

Soly Cissé, Mahi Binebine, Slimen El Kamel
Articles
01 Mar 2018

"Morocco’s arty future: Forget the rugs and the pointy leather shoes, Marrakech is turning into a city for seeing – and buying - art" - Caroline Roux

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"Strong Sales Flourish at the First Marrakech Edition of 1-54 Art Fair..."

"Strong Sales Flourish at the First Marrakech Edition of 1-54 Art Fair..."

Soly Cissé, Mahi Binebine, Slimen El Kamel
Articles
26 Feb 2018

Associate Editor for artnet News London, Naomi Rea, discusses the success of and challenges facing 'African' Art

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4 Sulger-Buel Lovell Artists make top 10

4 Sulger-Buel Lovell Artists make top 10

Soly Cissé, Mahi Binebine, Slimen El Kamel, Nú Barreto
Press
24 Feb 2018

On their return from 1:54 Marrakech 2018, Kozzarte identifies 10 African artists to collect

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1:54 Marrakech 2018 featured in Gulf News

1:54 Marrakech 2018 featured in Gulf News

Soly Cissé, Slimen El Kamel
Press
21 Feb 2018

“...the challenge for Africans today is to survive in an African city.” - gallerist Christian Sulger-Buel

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Mutual Art speaks to 1-54 founder Touria El Glaoui

Mutual Art speaks to 1-54 founder Touria El Glaoui

Soly Cissé, Mahi Binebine, Slimen El Kamel
Interviews
19 Feb 2018

"African Art Has Moved Beyond a Fleeting Trend"

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MENA Art Prize

MENA Art Prize

Slimen El Kamel
News
09 Oct 2016

Top 30 finalist list profiles mid-career artists in the Middle East North Africa region.

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Exhibitions

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'Trop Comprendre' curated by Andrew Lamprecht

'Trop Comprendre' curated by Andrew Lamprecht

Soly Cissé, Slimen El Kamel, Vivien Kohler, Christine Dixie, Georgina Maxim, Nú Barreto, Catherine Ocholla
London
02 Oct 2017 - 18 Nov 2017

Do we, as Africans, ‘understand the world too much’? 

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'NOW'

'NOW'

Slimen El Kamel, Neill Wright
London
06 Apr 2017 - 06 May 2017

A two man exhibition by Slimen El Kamel and Neill Wright.

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Publications

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1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair Marrakech 2018

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair Marrakech 2018

Soly Cissé, Mahi Binebine, Slimen El Kamel
Publication
02 Feb 2018

Please join us at Booth B13 during the 1:54 Marrakech Contemporary African Art Fair 2018. 23-25 February 2018

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Also Known As Africa Contemporary Art & Design Fair 2017

Also Known As Africa Contemporary Art & Design Fair 2017

Pélagie Gbaguidi, Soly Cissé, Slimen El Kamel, Georgina Maxim
Publication
07 Nov 2017

10 - 12 November 2017 Carreau du Temple, Paris. Please join us at Booth C8 during the AKAA Contemporary Art & Design Fair 2017

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'Trop Comprendre' curated by Andrew Lamprecht

'Trop Comprendre' curated by Andrew Lamprecht

Soly Cissé, Slimen El Kamel, Vivien Kohler, Christine Dixie, Georgina Maxim, Nú Barreto, Catherine Ocholla
Publication
06 Oct 2017

Do we, as Africans, ‘understand the world too much’? 

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Turbine Art Fair 2017

Turbine Art Fair 2017

Ralph Ziman, Slimen El Kamel, Vivien Kohler, Carolyn Parton , Nú Barreto, Neill Wright
Publication
12 Jul 2017

The Turbine Art Fair (TAF17) brought to you by The Forum Company, returns to the iconic Turbine Hall in Newtown from 14th – 16th ...

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The Familiar Vertigo

The Familiar Vertigo

Slimen El Kamel
Publication
12 Apr 2017

This essay by renowned critic and art historian Gerard Xuriguera discusses the work of Tunisian artist Slimen El Kamel.

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NOW

NOW

Slimen El Kamel, Neill Wright
Publication
28 Mar 2017

A two man exhibition by Slimen El Kamel and Neill Wright

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