Nicène Kossentini (b. 1976 Sfax, Tunisia) is a photographer/video-maker. She is a graduate of the Institute of Fine Arts in Tunis and The Marc Bloch University in Strasbourg, and has also studied at Le Fresnoy in Tourcoing, and Les Gobelins in Paris. Kossentini is currently an Assistant Professor of Experimental Cinema at the University of Tunis.
With her photographic and video work of temporal landscapes, Kossentini not only evokes her home–which she describes as « secret gardens », but she also evokes the secret gardens that may reside in each one of us. This metaphorical conception of space–a mental space that is neither fictional nor real–invites the spectator to plunge into an indecisive world between presence and absence, between forgetting and remembering.
Her artistic research has established a work process which conjures a conglomeration of dualities: garden and dessiccation, presence and absence, kindred and foreign. Kossentini’s works are a contemplation of a phantom space, the in-between margin of dual spaces: a conglomerate of something and nothing. Kossentini explores this very margin where the three components – her ancestry, her language and her birthplace – exist.
Nicène Kossentini’s work has been shown in several solo and collective exhibitions including the MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Gwangju Museum of Art – South Korea, Pori Art Museum, Finland, Museo Arte Contemporanea Ticino, National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow, Museum of Contemporary art of Algiers, Algeria, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris and Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid.
PARAÎTRE, Galeria Sabrina Amrani, Madrid Spain.
BOUJMAL, Selma Feriani Gallery, London, UK.
THEY ABUSED HER BY SAYING.., La boîte Espace d’art contemporain, Tunis, Tunisia.
WHAT THE WATER GAVE ME, Galerie Ammar Farhat, Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia.
PORTRAITS, Selma Feriani Gallery, London, UK.
25 YEARS OF ARAB CREATIVITY, The National Museum of Bahrain, Manama, Bahrain
STILL FIGHTING IGNORANCE & INTELLECTUAL PERFIDY, Kunsthalle São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
THE AFTER REVOLUTION, The FIAF Gallery, New York, USA
ARTDUBAI, Selma Feriani Gallery, Sabrina Amrani Gallery, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE
VIDEOFORMES, Video Art Festival, Clermont-Ferrand, France
ROSIGE ZUKUNFT, ifa-Galerie, Berlin Germany
STILL FIGHTING IGNORANCE & INTELLECTUAL PERFIDY, Video art from Africa Curated by Kisito Assangni,
Pori Art Museum, Finland, Museo Arte Contemporaneo Ticino, Bellinzona, Switzerland, National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow, Russia
25 ANNÉES DE LA CRÉATIVITÉ ARABE, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France
STILL FIGHTING IGNORANCE & INTELLECTUAL PERFIDY, AIVA, Angelholm International Video Art Festival, Angelholm, Sweden
ARTDUBAI, Selma Feriani Gallery, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE
CUERPOS, Sabrina Amrani Gallery, Festival “Miradas de mujeres, Madrid, Spain
DEGAGEMENTS LA TUNISIE UN AN APRÈS, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France