Benyounès Semtati

Born in 1966 - Morocco


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Born in Oujda, Morocco in 1966, Benyounès Semtati has always lived in France. After studying in the Beaux-Arts in Saint-Etienne, he decides to move to Arles and Marseille, then throughout Europe and the United States and finally ends up in Paris. In the context of the collective exhibition Africa Remix (2005), his works have been shown in Dusseldorf, London, Tokyo, Johannesburg, Stockholm and Paris at the Georges Pompidou Center.

"At first painting was for me a way to penetrate in the world of representation and to socially engage with this tool. Then I moved to a period of research where each painting, from each series, developed a different style. This plurality of style interrogated me and sometimes created ambiguity within my work. It seemed my academic education was affecting the energy of my works. I think the time I spent in New York, among other experiences, have helped me overcome this problem. The configuration of this city unsettled me, I was fascinated. My own identity status changed as I learned to reinterpret individuals in the city. My double cultural identity found a familiar territory in New York. I had a little studio in City Hall, Manhattan for two periods of three months. In this space I turned exclusively to paperworks. Such support soon created a new attitude towards my work. Be it with painting or drawing, my movements were relieved from laborious constraints. New figures imposed themselves, with their own singularities; the narration through backgrounds let room for more abstract space and hence space itself started to evolve in my work. Since then, my interest for drawing leads me today to using such medium as the fondamental element of my practice. It allows me to established direct links between what I see as animated behaviors and reality; and moreover to recreate through works my relationships to the world."
- Benyounès Semtati

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Expositions personnelles :

2015 Exposition "L’Inutile comme volonté de représentation", galerie VivoEquidem, Paris
2012 Exposition "Between Time & Time", galerie VivoEquidem, Paris
2005 Atelier Blanc, Villefranche de Rouergue
2001 "Dialogue", CRAC centre d’art contemporain de Sète
1999 "Dialogue", Centre d’Art Contemporain, Fresnes
1996 Galerie Artco, Ajaccio

Expositions collectives :

2008 "Summer Show", Galerie VivoEquidem, Paris
2008 "P2P", Luxembourg, Casino Luxembourg, Forum d’Art contemporain
2007 Stockholm , Moderna Museet , Johannesburg Art Gallery
2006 Centre Régional d’Art Contemporain
2006 "Africa Remix", Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
2005 Hawyard Gallery, Londres
2005 "Africa Remix", Centre Georges Pompidou,
2004 "Africa Remix", Museum Kunst Palast,
2001 "Réalités, Hommage à Courbet", Centre d’Art Passerelle, Brest
2001 Collection permanente, Fondation Fryssiras, Athènes
2000 Chapelle St Jacques, Saint-Gaudens
2000 Assemblée Nationale, Paris
2000 "Réalités, Hommage à Courbet", CRAC, Montbéliard

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