1-54 LONDON ART FAIR 2021
AFIKARIS | LONDON 2021
Beyond rethinking the world as it is, Omar Mahfoudi imagines a parallel universe. He plunges the viewer into another realm inspired by the memory of his life in Tangier, as well as the temptation of a spiritual exile. His oases, timeless territories bathed in a distant light and conducive to reverie, are fed and enriched by eclectic influences: from the Amazonia series by photographer Sebastiao Salgado, to the prints of Katsushika Hokusai. Ultimately, gold enriches his imagery with heat and mystery.
WAITING IN THE OASIS
AFIKARIS & AMA COLLECTION | CAP FERRET 2021
La Cabane du Mimbeau
Le Cap Ferret
14 - 18 août 2021
The Waiting In the Oasis exhibition offers a parenthesis to urban agitation, through landscapes echoing the exceptional backdrop of Cap Ferret, with "sand and water" between dunes and ocean.
QUITTER LA VILLE
AFIKARIS | PARIS 2021
In the context of the current international health crisis, leaving the city appears to be an escape route. If a time existed where cities embodied endless possibilities, they could reveal to be suffocating, objects of boredom, isolation and even danger. The health, ecological and economic situation also stirs this temptation of an urban exodus.
However, the city and its torments inspired generations of artists. Some of them - from the impressionists Monet and Caillebotte, to the street artists who thrive in city centers. Photographers such as Andreas Gursky or Michael Tsegaye and Andrew Esiebo document and play with the mutations of urban space, its harmony as well as its chaos. Others, like Houston Maludi, are mesmerised by its meanders and fascinated by the rhythm of its architecture. If the city feeds the imagination, it is also a source of alienation. Cameroonian painter Jean David Nkot illustrates this relation of domination between the territory and the body in ”The Shadows of Space” series. Here, the city erases the faces of those who dreamed of it.
The exhibition “Quitter la Ville” deviates from the bustle of the city, offering a complete immersion into the welcoming and lush nature depicted by Omar Mahfoudi. Nature embodies an ideal. Omar reinterprets the world and the other captures the “mystical beauty” with his brushes and explores this “flower boy”: sensitive being, a symbol of humanity and joy, who conveys hope and optimism.