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.