Saâdane Afif

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Saâdane Afif's work vibrates with multiple meanings.  His sculptures and installations reveal a fascination with music and music culture. They often adopt the forms of microphones, amplifiers, speakers of musical instruments and their decorative finishes. Many of his works include music as an active ingredient.  A recurring element in Afif's work is the passing of time.  Sometimes this theme is represented through a vanitas trope (particularly the image of a skull), or through the use of clocks, which has developed to be part of his formal vocabulary. 

Over the past four years, Afif has adopted an unusual approach to his subject matter. Abandoning the position of the isolated artist, taking sole responsibility for the outcome of his work, Afif practices a form of artistic delegation that creates an extensive network of commissions to artists, writers, designers and musicians.  Starting in 2004, he began to invite writers to create lyrics based upon his artworks.  These were presented as text on the gallery walls alongside Afif?s original works, in place of the usual didactic institutional labels. He then gave these lyrics to musicians and commissioned them to write music based upon the lyrics. The resulting songs were then presented in the gallery space and subsequently released on CD.

Afif's generous and dialogical approach to the creation and meditation of art explores notions of appropriation, institutional critique, the elimination of the author, and the relationship between the original and the reproduction. As critic Anne Dressen puts it, "Close to post-conceptual postures, Afif goes beyond Kosuth's One and Three chairs, proposing  instead of a chair, its representation and its description  an artwork, a poetic text and a song" (Flash Art, Dec 2005).
Presse release of the exhibition « Technical Specifications » at Witte de With, 2008

Selected exhibitions include IAC Villeurbanne (France) and 11th Sharjah Biennial in 2013, Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt in 2012, Centre Georges Pompidou in 2010, Witte de With in 2008, Documenta 12, Tate Modern in 2007, Fondation Prince Pierre Monaco in 2006,Palais de Tokyo , Moscow Biennal and Lyon Biennal in 2005.
In 2014, his work will be presented at the 8 Biennale Berlin and at the Leopold-Hoesch-Museum & Papiermuseum in Düren (for the Günther-Peill-Prize).

Selected press



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Gaité Lyrique.net

SAÂDANE AFIF

March 2013

INFERNO MAGAZINE

Entretien avec Saâdane Afif : Variations sur le même thème

March 2013

LES INROKS

Les mécaniques entêtantes de Saâdane Afif à Villeurbanne

March 2013

Art Forum

Saâdane Afif

January 2011

Technikart

Saâdane Afif, SM de choc à Beaubourg

November 2010

Figaro Madame

Saâdane Afif dans tous les sens

September 2010

Les Inrockuptibles

A tombeau ouvert

September 2010

Connaissance des Arts

Saâdane Afif et les métamorphoses du sens

September 2010

ArtPress

Sâadane Afif - The Logic of Interpretation

September 2010

Cura

Prix Marce Duchamp

January 2010

20 JAHRE

Jeder Geschlossene Raum ist Ein Sarg

December 2009

Les Inrockuptibles

Mouvement perpétuel

November 2009

Publications



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jeunesse / youth / part 1

March 2013

publisher : Isthme Eds
English / French
250 x 180 mm
114 pages
hardcover
sold out

Anthologie de l'humour noir

November 2010

publisher: Centre Pompidou
French / English
240 x 150 mm
50 pages
softcover
24,90€

Saâdane Afif

Saâdane Afif : Saturne et les remakes

November 2010

publisher: M19 Editions
French
Texts by Michel Gauthier
190 x 125 mm
110 pages
softcover
12€

Saâdane Afif

Promenade au zoo

November 2007

publisher: Devalence, Biennale de Lyon
French
210 x 170 mm
181 pages
hardcover
17 €


ISBN 978-2-9530347-0-7

Power Chords

November 2007

publisher : JRP|RINGIER
French / English
Texts by André Cadere and Jörg Heiser
164 pages
213 x 150 mm
sold out

Lyrics Pictures / Texts

November 2005

publisher: Saâdane Afif, Palais de Tokyo
French / English
210 x 155 mm
130 pages
softcover

25 €

Technical Specifications

November 1899

publisher: Witte de With Publishers
English
285 x 190 mm
148 pages
hardcover
25€

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