Houda Ghorbel + Wadi Mhiri
“Around a fire lit by the greed of some, and stoked by the ignorance of others, humanity -blinded by lust- dances around its corpses and fossils in the name of land and sea.
Throughout the globe, murderous conflicts sketch out the same expressions of evil and greed, and flow from the same source, on behalf of the earth and the sea.
By proclaiming all the terrestrial and divine rights, humans build on angry lands, drink innocent tears and eat the fruits full of ash and blood on behalf of the earth and the sea.
They offend the nature and smash on her intimacy, empty her from her essence and cover their ears to avoid listening to her strident cries. They feed the balance of evil, identify themselves to their demons and gradually lose their nature on behalf of the earth and the sea.
In this obscure chaos, from the four corners of the globe, pure and immaculate prayers rise like luminous and magical rays toward the stars so that they spread their brilliance.
I closed my eyes listened to the obscure emptiness, my mind wandered, my feet have rooted in the earth like a millennial tree, the wind has stretched its fingers to caress my face, and the sea has whispered in my ear a prayer:
Oh night, given the light, tolerate the darkness of my sun
Oh sea, given the sky, bear the drought of my grounds
Oh wind, given the air, sense the sand of my pearl
Oh tree, given the seed of wheat, receive my apologies”
Houda Ghorbel and Wadi Mhiri are two independent multidisciplinary artists based in Tunis, North Africa. Their works cross the genres: installation, video, performance, ceramics, and architecture of space. If they had to find a common thread in their work, the commitment and the passion for art would be the poetic vectors. The projects in common question the human body, the memory, the symbolism of identities and the religious and political culture, they are constructed through the proposed space and experience.
Referential Work 2017: Houda Ghorbeö + Wadi Mhiri: Vicious Circle | JAOU Tunis 2017 | Video: Houda Ghorbel
“So many things that happen in our world confront us with a demanding complexity of intertwined developments and constant dynamics. When we work with light, we create paintings with a spatial and a temporal dimension. They are like three- or four-dimensional metaphors that express our attitude and offer an esthetical experience to our visitors. We are hoping to spark an echo … ”
2014 | Dakar (sg) Awarded at the CENTRE SOLEIL D’AFRIQUE 11th Dak’Art Biennale
2003 | Sfax (tn) First Prize at the Ceramics Art Exhibition, PLASTIC ART GALLERY
2009 | Tunis (tn) Phd in Sciences and Artistic Techniques, INSTITUT SUPÉRIEUR DES BEAUX ARTS
1968 | Sfax (tn) Born
2004 | Tunis (tn) Specialisation in Photography and Visual Art
Since 2008 | Tunis (tn) Director of Pinceau Mirette Children Art Club
1986 | Paris (fr) Studies at ESMOD
1965 | Tunis (tn) Born