Starting today, the 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair in Marrakech is filled with galleries and artists, all gathering for one of the most important art events in the world, from February 8 to 11.
Christophe Person is one of the galleries taking part in this fair, and representing the gallery is the artist Ghizlane Sahli.
The Christophe Person Gallery in Paris showcases and promotes contemporary African and diaspora artists. The gallery was founded by Christophe Person, a specialist in modern African art, and supports artists whose works transcend trends and fashion, allowing them to express unique perspectives on society based on their individual stories and experiences.
Ghizlane Sahli, born in 1973 in Morocco, creates art in Marrakech using embroidery, sculpture, and drawing techniques. She collaborates with women artisans and addresses environmental concerns through recycling and repurposing. Sahli’s work, infused with nature themes, emphasizes sustainable development. She is known for her three-dimensional embroidery sculptures and installations using “the Alveoles” technique, a technique that combines materials, proportions, and dimensions to create meaningful art.
Ghizlane Sahli’s solo exhibition, ‘Et la sève fût… II’, explores themes of nature, observation, and preservation. Sahli’s “Et la sève fût… II” series represents a shift in her artistic journey, moving from red to green, symbolizing life, vitality, and imagination. This change is in response to global issues like the Marrakech earthquake and conflicts. Sahli’s signature “alveole,” crafted from plastic bottles wrapped in silk thread, merges contemporary artistic intentions with ancient craftsmanship. The series explores the aesthetics of flora, with crocheted flowers and twisted roots, embodying the mystery of what grows and flourishes from the earth. It aims to heal and repair our troubled spirits, transitioning from the bodily red sap to the green sap’s nourishing nature.