Contemporary Art

Live Auction, 16 February 2019

Contemporary Auction
  • Thameur Mejri; Two Figures at War


Lot Estimate
ZAR 180 000 - 240 000

About this Item

Tunisian 1982-
Two Figures at War
2016
charcoal, pencil, pastel and acrylic on canvas
197,5 by 178cm excluding frame

Notes

Thameur Mejri’s work can be located within the geopolitical context of his native Tunisia which, by the time he was twenty years old, was rocked by the so-called ‘war on terror’ that occurred with the invasion of Iraq in 2003.1

Less than a decade later, Mejri found himself confronted with the effects of the Arab Spring that gave rise to a wave of Islamic extremism across the region.

Such conceptual traces of violence and aggression are not far away in Mejri’s paintings which aim to ‘capture the chaos of the breakdown of human order’.2

Yet whilst the body remains central to Mejri’s representational concerns, his nuance lies in the way that abstraction is used to communicate the pressures that lead to a fractured sense of being in contemporary Tunisian society. In so doing his canvases become ‘the space where the physical and psychological dimensions of that conflict is projected’.3

  1. Katrina Kufer. (2018) Tunisian Artist Thameur Mejri’s Inevitable Journey [Online] Available: https://www.harpersbazaararabia.com/art/artists/meet-tunisian-artist-thameurmejri [9 December 2018].
  1. Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi. (2017) ‘Invitation into the Depiction of Violence’, in Thameur Mejri, Heretic Spaces, Dubai: Elmarsa Gallery. Page 7.
  2. Thameur Mejri. (2017) Heretic Spaces, Dubai: Elmarsa Gallery. Page 29.

Provenance

Purchased from the Jack Bell Gallery by the current owner.

Exhibited

Jack Bell Gallery, London, Before You Split the Ground, 7 to 21 April 2017.

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