1 Nadine Faraj makes watercolour paintings with raunchiness, humor, tenderness and soul. She paints portraits and sexualized figures in varying degrees of abstraction often drawn from the worlds of pornography and erotica. Her fluid style allows her figures to emerge as deeply psychological and emotional beings, with a full sense of their humanity.
Not long ago, while Nadine and I were chatting remotely, there was a sentence she said that I think encompasses everything I shared in this article: “Art is the field where we can explore complex ideas; art can help us metabolising challenging realities […] our society continues to carry out daily acts of domination and degradation, however art has the ability to to take to a different level, a deeper one”.
2 Jenny Holzer is one of the most famous North American conceptual artists . She is a member of New York ARS (Artists Rights Society) and she has pionereed the use of writing as an art medium. The declaration which is object of the work “ABUSE OF POWER COMES AS NO SURPRISE” is part of her series Truisms: in the most recent years this series has become more reactive to world events and has more than ever resonated with political significance.
3 Lydia Ourahmane was born in Saïda, Algeria, in 1992. She currently lives in London and works in the UK and in Algeria. Her art crosses new media, video, performance, sculpture, and found objects, thus exploring transitory forms of existence and resistance and observing compounds of surveillance and social/political structures. ‘The third choir’ is made up of 20 empty barrels of Naftal oil, at the bottom of which an equal number of mobile phones are set on the same FM frequency, reproducing the noise of a monotonous industrial atmosphere. Such objects in space manifest questions about their own meaning for the social and political structures in Algeria, about desire coalitions and the disruptions leading to illegal migration. ‘The third choir’ is at the same time a struggle against the suffocating Algerian bureaucracy and a symbolic materialisation of migrations.