After studying at the School of Fine Arts in Saint-Etienne, Djamel Tatah is totally involved in the pictorial experience. From the end of the 1980s, he opted for large formats and polyptychs with monochrome backgrounds on which life-size human figures appear. Thanks to loans of major works from the famous drawing room of the Ecole nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Paris (Poussin, Géricault, Delacroix, Carpeaux…), the Yvon Lambert Donation to the French State (Robert Mangold, Brice Marden, Robert Ryman, Robert Barry, Richard Serra. …) and his personal collection (Ariane endormie, drawings by Henri Matisse …), it is a unique dialogue in which the reader is invited, where all these works echo the world today and the tragedies of our history on the other side of the Mediterranean.
They evoke the refugees of Syria, the migrants of Libya or Somalia, and the destruction of the market of Aleppo or the Greco-Roman temples of Palmyra.
Texts by Éric Mézil, Danièle Cohn, and Éric de Chassey
Éditions Actes Sud
Published in February 2018
bilingual edition (French / English)
22.7 cm × 28.9 cm × 2.3 cm
ISBN : 978-2-330-09281-8