Charif Benhelima | the artist
The artist Charif Benhelima
Born Apr 21 1967, Brussels, Belgium.
Lives and works in Antwerp-Berlin, .
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Charif Benhelimas artistic discipline is photography,
and his strategy is to plumb its limitations. His artistic practise is
inspired by his own biography and family background: in his photographic
work he focuses on what it means to be a foreigner, and investigates
in notions of home in a world of ongoing globalization and at the same
time, of a phenomenon as is the Fortress Europe.
Charif Benhelima has been working for some time on the series Semitics,
one piece of which he will show in Studio 3. The work consists of a
panel composed of 135 Polaroids organized in two layers.
Mixing reproductions of portraits and live portraits of Jews, Arabs,
Sephardic Jews and himself on a panel, Benhelima built up a personal
document, an anti-archive of non labeled images of conflicted
identities which contradictorily are meant to be confounded. To increase
the disorientation and underline his statement, Benhelima added light to
the portraits which instead of enhancing and shining peoples look,
fades away the details of their visages. For Benhelima, this effect is
related to the complexity of the identities which sometimes end up to
disappear and also to blur the memory of people from our childhood – as
the artists own mother – or made up images of family members he does
not remember or never saw – as Benhelimas father and his side of the
W. 145 th St., Harlem
<br />Charif Benhelima
Fotoedition 2005 Charif Benhelima,<br />
Semites Hundred sixty-seven, 2005
(Polaroid 600 spectrum)
40×30 cm, inkjet print
ed. of 40+4 a.p.
200 EUR für Nichtmitglieder, 100 EUR für Mitglieder