The artwork

Data Trails
Generative video
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Courtesy of the artist

Data Trails (computer software visible on screen) was born from reading press articles on the sudden apparition of the Lake of Gafsa, in the South-West of Tunisia, published on different online medias. The comments and testimonies range from the “miraculous” to the disenchanted: groundwater pollution, impact of the phosphate industry shutting down water pumping, etc. A constantly active and performative process redistributes the words according to patterns, these follow one another with a slowness inherent to monitor display, which contradicts the immediacy of the information flux and the craze for instantly translating a fact into a mythical tale.

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The artist

Ali Tnani works with a broad range of media including computer programming, drawing, installation and photography. He is a graduate of the Advanced Institute of Fine Arts in Tunis since 2007, where he studied Visual Arts.  He has completed residency in Cité Internationale des Arts de Paris (FR) in 2015-2016 & 2011-2012, Glassbox in Paris (FR) in 2014, and Transcultures in Mons (BE) in 2010. In 2013, he received the visual arts grant from the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (LB) for the project Erro (2013-2015). Ali Tnani solo exhibitions include: (2013) It Has Never Been To Survive La Boite-Contemporary Art Space Tunis (TN), Contre-espaces AGorgi Gallery Tunis (TN). Selected and recent group exhibitions include: (2016) 3ajel ou le temps réel Espace Talan Tunis (TN), In the midst of things KKNK arts festival Oudtshoorn (ZA), Kaw Kaw Le 18 Marrakesh (MA); (2015) L’indice d’une Suite part 2 National Museum of Bardo Tunis (TN); (2014) Les Contre-Ciels, PA-Plateforme de création contemporaine Paris (FR), Mapping Palais Abdellia La Marsa (TN), L’indice d’une Suite part 1 Glassbox Paris (FR), If You Are So Smart, Why Ain’t You Rich? 5th Marrakech Biennale (MA); (2012) Chkoun Ahna (who are we?) National Museum of Carthage (TN); (2010) City Sonic Festival #8 BAM Mons (BE).