Arts and crafts - Medici Residency

Younès Ben Slimane

Younès Ben Slimane

09/02/2024 / 10/03/2024
Start of residency 09/02/2024
End of residency 10/03/2024

Younès Ben Slimane is an architect, artist and filmmaker who graduated from Le Fresnoy in 2022.

Working through moving and still images, drawing and volumes, he establishes a permanent dialogue between architecture and the visual arts, where different media coexist and reflect their respective potentialities and limits. He has taken part in a number of contemporary art events, including Documenta fifteen Mobile Lab (DE). His work has been shown at Kadist in Paris (FR), the Mucem in Marseille (FR) and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Skopje (MK). His films have been selected for festivals such as the Locarno Film Festival, CPH:DOX and DokuFest.

His project at Villa Medici

“We sculpt our gods in our own image, just as the potters of Sejnane sculpt their clay by channelling their inner goddesses.” By immersing himself in the history of the city of Rome, Younès Ben Slimane hopes to gain an understanding of how representations of objects have evolved over time, so as to better grasp the symbolic and cultural significance of the Palaeolithic Venuses he is examining in his film project. For his aesthetic research, he will draw on the pictorial techniques of chiaroscuro and tenebrism, and look at the depictions of sacrifice and blood in the paintings of Caravaggio.

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We kenw how beautiful they were, these islands

© Younès Ben Slimane