What Is It?
Tunisian born artist Taher Jaoui’s latest body of work, ‘Genie in a Bottle’ will be exhibited at the newly revamped Graham Modern & Contemporary Gallery in Bryanston. Jaoui works in multi-media to create abstract cartoon-like portraits. The exhibition is divided into a two part series of different works. The first series features compositions which are a mix of distinguished, colourful semi-figurative forms with mathematical formulas on chalk board. The second series is more abstract, based mostly on non-figurative and gestural.
In celebration of the Graham Modern & Contemporary’s 20th birthday, they will be re-launching the gallery with a refreshed look that is as modern and contemporary as the art they exhibit. Be sure not to miss out on this vibrant exhibition at this urban African gallery.
Who is Taher Jaoui?
Jaoui was born and raised in the capital city of Tunisia, Tunis. He studied Computer Engineering and Finance in Paris, as well as Acting in Paris and Los Angeles. He currently lives and works in Berlin.
Jaoui’s unconventional journey into art began in 2007. He worked in a bank in Paris at the time, and painted only in the evenings and on weekends. He would express himself on the walls of his apartment and in the streets of Paris. It was only in late 2013 that he decided to pursue art full time.
Now, Jaoui describes himself as an Expressionist or a Neo-expressionist, as his compositions are something in-between abstract and figuration. His artistic inspiration stems from multiple sources, including European painting movements and African tribe art (masks and sculptures). “I love the imagery of the German expressionism movement in the 20th Century,” he explains. However, cartoons are one of his biggest influences. “They fit my philosophy of how I view paintings as a large composition of emotions and colours,” he says.
When spoke to Jaoui about his upcoming exhibition and trip to Joburg, this was what he had to say:
1. How did the collaboration with the Graham Modern & Contemporary Gallery come about?
The collaboration between myself and the gallery was spurred on by mutual respect of each other’s work. Graham (Britz – owner and founder of the Graham Modern & Contemporary Gallery) and myself started talking about the possibility of working together. The level of commitment and professionalism I experienced whilst dealing with Graham and his staff led me to have confidence in his work. I’m excited about the exhibition and look forward to coming to South Africa to meet the team.
2. Why did the gallery chose to host your exhibition at this point in time? Does it have anything to do with the re-branding of the gallery as a space to exhibit up-and-coming contemporary African artists?
On the cusp of its 20th birthday, the gallery and its brand are re-launching with a refreshed look that is as modern and contemporary as the art itself. I felt that this would bring about good artistic synergy, as there would be some sort of reflection between the gallery and my exhibition. Graham himself has said, “We have amazing talent in Africa, and it is my burning ambition to showcase it.”
When Is It?
Opening night is on Thursday, 16 May 2019 at 19:00. The exhibition will be on until Thursday, 13 June 2019.
Where Is It?
Graham Modern & Contemporary, 68 on Hobart, Block A, Corner of Hobart & Dover Road, (Off William Nicol Drive), Bryanston, Johannesburg.
How Much Is It?
Entrance to the gallery is free.
For More Information
Contact them on 011 463 7869 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org