Saâdane Afif

January - July 2012
ISCP | New York

“Saâdane Afif ‘s work stands outside the usual networks of French contemporary art with a career and outlook that is increasingly international. Afif’s sculptures and installations exhibit a melancholic yet festive beauty. They delight in their own materiality and frequently incorporate light, sound, and movement, seducing the audience with a compact spectacle of son et lumière. His works demonstrate a whimsical poetry and robust sense of mortality; ghosts appear with regularity and there are repeated references to the passing of time and the inevitability of death, most clearly manifested in the recurrent motifs of the skull and the ticking clock. A fascination with music and music culture is also discernible in his works featuring microphones, amplifiers, and musical instruments. Many also include music as an active ingredient, particularly in the form of playlists or as outcome of an abstract translation of ideas. Since 2004, music has also influenced the creation and presentation of Afif’s work. At that time, he began inviting writers to create lyrics inspired by his works, a process of artistic delegation that he continues to expand today. Afif describes himself as a particle accelerator, provoking the imagination of others. […]” - Independent curator Zoë Gray

Saâdane Afif (born 1970, Vendôme, France) lives and works in Berlin.  He has exhibited nationally and internationally, including Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Witte de With, Rotterdam;  MOT and Mori Museum, Tokyo; Wiels, Brussels; OPA, Guadalajara; Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin; Documenta 12, Kassel. He is represented by Gallery Mehdi Chouakri, Berlin; RaebervonStenglin, Zurich; Gallery Michel Rein, Paris and Xavier Hufkens, Brussels.

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The International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) is a leading nonprofit, residency-based contemporary art institution for emerging to mid-career artists and curators from around the world. Founded in 1994, ISCP has hosted over 1,300 artists and curators from more than 55 countries, including the United States. In 2008, ISCP moved from Manhattan to East Williamsburg, Brooklyn to the former factory of the Sackett & Wilhelms Lithography Company, an 18,000 square-foot building constructed in 1901. This move expanded ISCP's facilities to 35 studios, an exhibition gallery and a project space. To advance its core mission of supporting artists in producing and exhibiting a wide range of contemporary, often experimental, artistic approaches, ISCP annually presents a series of innovative exhibitions and public programs both on- and off-site. ISCP’s programming engages audiences in meaningful ways while fostering the institution’s relationship to its community. Each year, over 100 artists and curators are in residence at ISCP and approximately 10,000 individuals attend ISCP’s public programs.

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