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Saâdane Afif: La Leçon de géométrie: the motive (C3_p002) / prototype, 2015; knotted wool, 134 x 200 cm, carbon print on paper, on sandwich panel, 119 x 86 cm; © courtesy of the artist, photo: V. Tomaschko
Saâdane Afif: La Leçon de géométrie: the motive (C3_p002) / prototype, 2015; knotted wool, 134 x 200 cm, carbon print on paper, on sandwich panel, 119 x 86 cm; © courtesy of the artist, photo: V. Tomaschko

Saâdane Afif (*1970, Vendôme, France) is a French artist with Algerian roots who moved to live in Berlin after completing his education and training. His work focuses on posters, sculptures, performances, texts and objects. He questions his own central position as an artist and also concepts of the exhibition by working with various partners. The object “The Geometry Lesson” is reminiscent of a carpet but is in fact the product of a performance. Afif did this together with a Moroccan webmaster based on a drawing from a geometry lesson. He had first presented this during a performance at Jamaa el Fna square in Marrakesh. This piece shows typical features of Afif’s artistic work: the circulation of the exchange of knowledge and experience and the diversity of forms through “weaving” them into different disciplines.

2016
Quoi? L’Eternité, Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, Atelier Hermès, Seoul
An Idea of Stolen Time (pieces for piano or next to it), Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin
Political Populism, Kunsthalle Wien
Tokyo Art Meeting VI: "TOKYO" – Sensing the Cultural Magma of the Metropolis, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo

2015
The End of the World. Künstlerische Interventionen im Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin
The Fountain Archives, Galerie Michèle Didier, Paris
Carrefour / Meeting Point. The Marrakech Biennale and beyond, ifa Galleries Stuttgart and Berlin
Individual Stories. Collecting as Portrait and Methodology, Kunsthalle Wien
All the World’s Futures, 56th Venice Biennial

2014
Ici, Leopold-Hoesch-Museum & Papiermuseum Düren
Technical Specifications, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz 

2013
Blue Time, Blue Time, Blue Time…, Institut d’Art Contemporain, Villeurbanne
From Albers to Warhol to (now), Museo di Santa Giulia, Brescia

2012
Made in Germany 2 – International Art in Germany, Sprengel Museum, Kestnergesellschaft und Kunstverein Hannover
Vorführraum, Kunsthalle Bielefeld 

2011
Echoes, Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris
Lumière noire. Contemporary art from France, Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe

2010
Ins Blickfeld gerückt, Institut Français de Berlin 
Anthologie de l’humour noir, Centre Pompidou, Paris

Amina Agueznay: Draa ala draa, variations on a Menchar motive, 2016; wool, 50 x 50 cm;  © Amina Agueznay, courtesy of the artist
Anonymous: Zemmour, Middle Atlas, about 1940, wool and cotton, 175 x 111 cm; © Rabii Alouani Bibi collection
Taysir Batniji: Hannoun, 1972-2009; performance / installation, crayon chippings; colour photograph / inkjet print on paper, 150 x 100 cm; designed and realised at the ‘Palestine c/o Venice’ exhibition at the 53th Venice Biennial, 2009; © courtesy of
Anni Albers: Black White Grey, 1927; tapestry, silk and cotton, 155 x 120 cm; Neues Museum Nuremberg; © on loan from the city of nuremberg, The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, © (Anni Albers) VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016, photo: Neues Museum Nuremberg (A.
Saâdane Afif: La Leçon de géométrie: the motive (C3_p002) / prototype, 2015; knotted wool, 134 x 200 cm, carbon print on paper, on sandwich panel, 119 x 86 cm; © courtesy of the artist, photo: V. Tomaschko
Mosta Maftah: Feu en Océan, 1979; wool, silk threads, cotton, 85 x 160 cm © courtesy of the artist and Thinkart
Mohammed Melehi: untitled, 1936; acrylic on canvas, 153 x 127 cm; © courtesy of the artist; © (Mohammed Melehi) VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016
Gunta Stölzl: Draft with Two-Ply Fabric, draft 1926; wool, 77 x 303 cm, limited edition; © courtesy of the ifa, photo: A. Körner, bildhübsche Fotografie
Yto Barrada: untitled (realised in cooperation with the Darnas weaving workshop for women), 2014; hand-woven wool, 172 x 195 cm; © courtesy of the artist and the Sfeir-Semler Gallery Hamburg / Beirut
Sheila Hicks: prayer rug, 1974, wool, 221 x 121,9 x 8,3 cm; © courtesy of the artist and Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York
Ida Kerkovius: Landscape, about 1927; hand-woven carpet, 125 x 135; © on loan from the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, photo: A. Körner, bildhübsche Fotografie
Rudolf Lutz: tapestry, draft 1918; wool, ca. 93 x 80 cm; © courtesy of the ifa, photo: A. Körner, bildhübsche Fotografie