Defined as ‘post-conceptual’, Saâdane Afif’s work is about interpretation, exchange and circulation. It takes multiple forms (performance, objects, sculptures, text, posters and works in neon) with the exhibition as a pretext for production or activation. For an exhibition in Essen in 2004, he asked Lili Reynaud Dewar to write a song inspired by his artwork; this was the beginning of the series called Lyrics for which he displaces his authorship and collaborates with other artists or writers. The texts or statements are often transferred to the walls using holographic self-adhesive paper. Afif’s practice is rooted in music: scores, instruments, speakers, microphones, concerts and posters are part of his vocabulary or media. Other recurring interests include the passing of time (skulls, clocks), appropriation, remakes or repetitions and the displacement of meaning, and the critique of institutions. In 2010 Afif wrote: “My work today does not rely on the object: it is developed through the accumulation or interweaving of elements that can be more or less visible.”

Saâdane Afif (b. 1979, Vendôme, France) lives and works in Berlin. Recent solo exhibitions include Là bas, Kunsthaus Glarus (2014); Ici, Leopold-Hoesch-Museum & Papiermuseum, Düren (2014) and Blue Time, Blue Time, Blue Time…, Institut d’Art Contemporain, Villeurbanne (2013). His work was included in Documenta 12 (2007) and in the 56th International Exhibition of the Venice Bienniale (2015). The artist won the Prix Marcel Duchamp in 2009, which led to an exhibition at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2010).

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Saâdane Afif
Affiches

interview by Anne-Claire Schmitz
published by Xavier Hufkens, Brussels
and Triangle Books, Brussels
ISBN 978-2-930777-04-7
2014

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Saâdane Afif
Fontaines

text by Elena Filipovic
published by Xavier Hufkens, Brussels
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ISBN 978-2-930777-05-4
2014

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Saâdane Afif
Technical Specifications

text by Daniel Baumann and Ina Blom
published by Witte de With, Rotterdam
ISBN 978-90-73362-84-0
2009

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Saâdane Afif
Lyrics / Blue Time vs. Suspense

text by Lili Reynaud Dewar,
Maxime Matray and Vale Poher
performed by Vale Poher
published by Xavier Hufkens, Brussels
3-track cd, 2007

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