Rosy Future. Contemporary Art from Tunisia
The high-pressure cooker, "La Cocotte", appears in Halim Karabibene’s work for the first time in 2007. Initially an emblem of the non-existent museum of modern art in Tunisia, its spectrum of meanings has since expanded: During the street riots it became helmet and shield of the vigilantes, serving as a guard of the original aims of the revolution: dignity, democracy, freedom und prosperity. Today the simmering cooking pot is a symbol of the condition of post-revolutionary Tunisia, where the ideal form of the state is yet to be found.
Halim Karabibene, born in Bizerte in 1962, lives and works in Paris and Bizerte, Tunisia. He studied at the École de l‘Architecture Paris La Villette in Paris and attended as an auditor the École Nationale des Beaux Arts in Paris.