Ben Khelil, Yesmine
Born 1986 in Tunis, Tunisia
Lives and works in Tunis, Tunisia
Yesmine Ben Khelil’s artistic approach evolves in response to significant socio-political occurrences in Tunisia. Her work captures a world of speculative beings, mined from Internet searches, stock imagery, media and anthropological archives. These so-called characters are then immortalized in ink, pencil or pastel portraits—a process which serves to question the reality or truth of their derivative image. Khelil's drawings and collages are often placed against or into old literary editions, thus challenging the schemata of the book. Her notable exhibitions include Le Jour Qui Vient, Galerie des Galeries—Lafayette, Paris (2017); History of Haunting, Escalier B, Bordeaux and Dak’Art – Biennale de l’Art Africain Contemporain, Dakar (2016).
Yesmine Ben Khelil, Il est où le chameau 3, 2017, Mixed media, 34 x 40 cm. Courtesy Primo Marella Gallery