february 17 — april 7 2024
The Magasins Généraux is inviting painter and musician Inès Di Folco Jemni to take over its entire premises and artistic calendar for an exhibition-residency in early 2024.


Curated by Anna Labouze & Keimis Henni

Inès Di Folco Jemni's works draw on a legacy situated and reconstituted between North Africa and the Caribbean. They are the result of a lengthy process of documentation and investigation, and are inspired by literature, anthropology, spirituality, travel and music. Thought of as images of a dreamlike, parallel world, her paintings address themes of micro-history and archives, memory, dreams, Sufism, shamanism and, more broadly, cults and ritual practices across the globe.

The exhibition of her work at the Magasins Généraux will be her first personal project in an institution, and her most ambitious to date. She intends to transform the space into a vast 1000 sqm installation comprising several thematic salons. As well as being places for exhibiting or creating her paintings and musical compositions, these salons will be spaces for the public to relax, practice art, meet, study or daydream. One of the salons will host the artist's studio during the two-month exhibition.

The artist thus intends to question and display what the word "salon" encompasses, from the private reception area to the artistic salon, to the living room of an apartment.

On a broader scale, she aims to create a welcoming and convivial space, and to suggest new ways of envisioning the concept of hospitality within exhibition venues.

Throughout this exhibition-residency, the Magasins Généraux will be inviting other artists and host events involving conversations, performances, concerts, cuisine and workshops for young audiences.


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Portrait of Inès Di Folco Jemni in her studio

Photo © Welane Navarre

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Inès Di Folco Jemni's work intertwines temporality, fiction and archives, highlighting myths and ritual practices from across the globe. Created over periods of varying length, from a few months to several years, her works are made up of layers of stories and scenes, like palimpsests, and interact with one another. Each painting constitutes a segment of a dreamlike mental landscape. Bursts of color stand out against darker backgrounds, while the artist experiments with blurring effects, pigments, materials and textures. Through these representations, she offers new narratives, both personal and historical, beyond the Western gaze.

Born in Paris in 1993, Inès Di Folco Jemni graduated from the Beaux-Arts de Paris in 2018. Her work has been shown in various galleries and public institutions, including Deli Gallery (Mexico), Laurel Gitlen (New York), SISSI club (Marseille), galerie Anne de Villepoix (Paris), MO.CO. (Montpellier), Friche la Belle de Mai (Marseille), FRAC Lorraine (Metz), Bétonsalon (Paris) and Drawing a Blank (London and Paris). She has published several artists' books with Elena Valtcheva and Red Lebanese. She also co- founded the music groups Rose Mercie and Pira Pora.

Inès Di Folco Jemni is represented by galerie SISSI club in Marseille.