ARTIST BEHIND THE CERAMIC MATERIAL: “THE GROUND” BY TAREK ATOUI
Last week before seeing the Arsenale part of 58th International Venice Art Exhibition which is titled “May You Live in Interesting Times” exhibition, I have been thinking that ceramic material is really rare in Venice Biennale. But Arsenale venue totally changed my mind. It is good to see that “material” is still powerful in contemporary way of artistic expression but with new discourses.
One of these new approaches is belong to Lebanese artist Tarek Atonui (1980). I think describing his work(s) as “interdisciplinary” or “mixed media” is not fair, because he does not just combine disciplines or different types of materials. Somehow he fuses them in a fluent way so you cannot see the patches at all. So it is better to call them “transdisciplinary”.
“Atoui is an artist and composer who works within the medium of sound. His works are informed by extensive research into music history and tradition, that come to life in performances that explore new methods of collaboration and production. At the center of his work there is an ongoing reflection between the individual and the general and the open and dynamic nature of live performance “(http://www.kurimanzutto.com/en/artists/tarek-atoui#exhibitions).
“Bridging music and contemporary art, Tarek Atoui’s practice expands notions of listening through participatory and collaborative sound performances. Influenced by the legacy of open forms presented by artists in the 1960s, which enlarged the understanding of music and brought it closer to the realm of visual art, Atoui conceives and coordinates complex environments to cultivate sound. Through his installations, performances and collaborations, he breaks down expected notions of performance, both for the performer and audience, suggesting multimodal ways of experience: visual, aural and somatic” (https://www.labiennale.org/en/art/2019/partecipants/tarek-atoui)
His “The Ground” (2018) titled work which is the focus this blog affected me because it was nice to see porcelain in different context. Porcelain and sound are like siamese twin. But we, makers generally miss the other senses but touching and seeing. Sometimes it is easier to reveal connection as an alien of making with hands.