THE PATTERNS OF FERDOUSSESolo Show. 15 JUNE - 10 OCTOBER 2023
For several years I have been working on my long-term project “The Patterns of Ferdousse”. A new body of works -videos and photographic series- is presented at La Boîte, a contemporary art center in Tunis.
Upon listening, it is a soft voice with vivid accents that, from the outset, paves its way and welcomes us with no introspective heaviness. And on screen, it is a face with hazel eyes and meticulous gestures that halt us in our tracks without dramatization.
(…) Mouna Karray, who made “La coupure” in 2004 – a work of mourning over the missing image, after her father’s passing – returns, two decades later, with a memory work on The Patterns Of Ferdousse.
(…) “The Patterns Of Ferdousse” cannot be reduced to a one-to-one evocation. There is no doubting the strength of the bond, but it is not the artist’s relationship with her mother – a biographical theme that is been explored at length – that is at stake here.
For Mouna Karray has no intention of reconstructing the episode in its entirety and in wide vision, as necessary as such a reconstruction may be. The gesture – and this is what this two-pronged, long-term approach is all about – is rather a shared gesture: for both, it is about crossing the warp and weft of time’s switchbacks”.
Extract from “Memory in gesture”, text of the exhibition.
Exhibitions view © Pol Guillard, Tunis 2023.
Scenography of the exhibition Chacha Attalah.
The exhibition received the support of La Boîte centre d’art contemporain à Tunis, structure de soutien, de médiation et de diffusion de l’art contemporain en Tunisie.
The project was awarded the Rambourg Prize of Contemporary Art and received the support of AFAC Arab Fund for Arts and Culture.