Binebine, Mahi
Born 1959 in Marrakech, Morocco
Lives and works in Marrakech, Morocco
Mahi Binebine’s work presents the extremes of the human condition, reducing figures to silhouettes. Their lines are interwoven and therefore their bodies inescapably connected. They wrestle with one another or embrace each other in a hostile, unsettling and often confining world. Binebine took his first steps in abstraction in 1980 in Paris, then moved to New York in 1994 to dedicate himself fully to his painting and writing, which he finds mutually conducive: 'the writing is done through small touches of the inside that create the images, while painting is the creation of the image which allows access to the inside.' His work can be found in the permanent collection of the Guggenheim, New York. Exhibitions include COP 22, Jardin des Arts, Marrakech (2016); 25 ans d’art contemporain Arabe, Institute du Monde Arabe, Paris (2013) and the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009).
Mahi Binebine, Untitled, 2017, Mixed media on paper, 35 x 43 cm, 13 x 16 in. Courtesy Katharina Maria Raab