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Saâdane Afif

Blue Time, Blue Time, Blue Time..., 2013
Installation view
Institut d’art contemporain, Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes
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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 a show 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, amplifiers, speakers, microphones, concerts 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's first solo show was in Tours in France in 1998. He was awarded the Prix Marcel Duchamp, which led to an exhibition at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, in 2010. His work is exhibited internationally and was included in Documenta 12, Kassel, in 2007. A solo show will take place in 2013 at IAC, Villeurbanne, France. Blue Time vs. Suspense was his first exhibition at Xavier Hufkens in 2007.

 

Saâdane Afif was born in Vendôme, France, in 1970. He lives and works in Berlin.


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Blue Time, Blue Time, Blue Time..., 2013
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This is the way you and I measure the world, 2008
Plexiglas two-way mirror, metal, motor, strap (edition of 3 + 1 AP)
variable dimensions

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Blue Time, 2008
Mixed media (3 different versions)
diameter: 35 cm

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Blue Time, 2005
Holographic film (edition of 6)

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More, More, 2008
mixed media (edition of 3 + 1 AP)

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Suspense Blanche, 2008
mixed media (edition of 3 + 1 AP)

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National (Bruxelles), 2007
Textile
variable size

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BLUE TIME vs. SUSPENSE, 2007
Silkscreen on paper (edition of 20)
140 × 100 cm | 55 1/8 × 39 3/8 inches

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Exhibitions

2014

Saâdane Afif
« Affiches & Fontaines »

2007

Saâdane Afif
Blue Time vs Suspense

Publications

Saâdane Afif, Affiches

includes an interview by Anne-Claire Schmitz
published by Xavier Hufkens & Triangle Books - 2014
ISBN 978-2-930777-04-7

Saâdane Afif, Fontaines

includes two texts by Elena Filipovic
published by Xavier Hufkens & Triangle Books - 2014
ISBN 978-2-930777-05-4

Saâdane Afif, Lyrics / Blue Time vs. Suspense

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