The rural surroundings of Sidi, El Kamels’s youth have proved formative to his practice. Amongst the long-standing traditions of folk tales and poetry, El Kamel’s preoccupation with lived and imagined reality was sown. Images taken from memory and realities from everyday media intersect on his canvas to form a multitude 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., his work is a subtle critique of the effects of mass culture on traditional ways of life.
El Kamel’s works have been widely exhibited in international forums and he has undertaken residencies at the Living Arts Centre, Rades, Tunisia, among others. Elkamel holds a master’s in painting and a PhD from the Institut Supérieur des Beaux-Arts de Tunis, where he now lectures. Selected exhibitions include NOW, a two-person exhibition with Neill Wright, Sulger-Buel Gallery, London (2017) and Yesterday is tomorrow’s memory: a group show of work from North Africa, Elmarsa, Dubai (2016).