February 16, 2021

La Vigne Rouge

La Vigne Rouge, au Forum du Palais de la Porte Dorée, Paris 2021

Plan du palais porte dorée

L’artiste Latifa Medjdoub, dont le textile est la matière de prédilection, a tissé une vigne rouge inspirée de celle peinte sur la fresque du salon Paul Reynaud, dit salon « Afrique ». Au cours d’une expérience collective, des participants de tous âges sont invités à interagir avec cette œuvre, sous le regard de l’artiste vidéaste Hélène Combal-Weiss.

 

LATIFA MEDJDOUB (AKA LAFTMONK) HÉLÈNE COMBAL-WEISS ​Lors de sa découverte du Palais, Latifa Medjdoub a porté son regard sur l’immense vigne grimpante qui parcourt l’Afrique sur la fresque imaginée par Louis Bouquet, dans le salon Paul Reynaud. Elle y voit un symbole fort de vitalité, de ténacité et de possibles qui a inspiré son œuvre La Vigne rouge.

Dans la lignée de ses créations textiles et de sa démarche d’art relationnel, Latifa Medjdoub a tissé une corde rouge vif de 200 mètres de long. Six participants de tous âges, guidés par l’artiste, sont invités à la manipuler. La caméra d’Hélène Combal-Weiss capte les géométries spatiales en tension qui se dessinent et l’énergie qui irrigue l’espace et les corps. Cette expérience collective questionne notre présence et notre responsabilité les uns envers les autres, mais aussi envers l’environnement dans lequel nous évoluons.

À propos des artistes

L’œuvre de LATIFA MEDJDOUB (aka LAFTMONK) se situe à la croisée de la sculpture, de la peinture, de l’installation et de la performance. Elle développe une approche sociale et relationnelle de l’art, pour transcender les clivages culturels. Depuis 2013, elle expérimente des outils artistiques fondés sur la participation du public. Son objectif est de favoriser les interactions sociales créatives, la communication et la transformation sociale. Son travail est présenté au niveau international (de Young Fine Arts Museum à San Francisco ; Blue Star Contemporary de San Antonio, Texas ; Santa Fe Art Institute ; Cheongju Arts Center en Corée) et se trouve dans des collections privées partout dans le monde.

HÉLÈNE COMBAL-WEISS, artiste vidéaste française, s’intéresse à la relation complexe que chaque personne entretient avec la matérialité, de son propre corps comme de l’environnement qui l'entoure. Sa dernière création Auris Incognita explore matière et sensorialité en compilant récits, expériences et connaissances consacrés à l’oreille interne. Sur cette base, l’artiste développe des formats audiovisuels et scénographiques, dans une installation multimédia immersive. Depuis 2018, elle est artiste associée au Plus Petit Cirque du Monde et réalise, avec le vidéaste Irvin Anneix, diverses créations en lien avec le cirque, la performance physique et l'environnement urbain.

 

Crédits

Conception : Latifa Medjdoub
Réalisation vidéo : Hélène Combal-Weiss
Assistante à la réalisation : Louise Gholam
Musique : Roots de Derek Phillips et Haco
Avec la participation d’Agnès Arquez-Roth, Fairouz Bouchet, Stéphanie Chazot, Brandon Masele, Wael Sghaier et Cécile Vermorel https://envers.palais-portedoree.fr/

October 31, 2020

Laftmonk Solo Exhibition CTRL+S

 

Pollinators, 202x182cm, oil, acrylic, spray paint on linen & weaving, 2020 

CTRL+S Laftmonk Solo Exhibition

SCHIEDAM -From Saturday October 24 to December 6, you are most welcome to visit our new solo exhibition CTRL + S during our walk-in afternoon between 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm and meet the artist Laftmonk. The exhibition with recent paintings, textile works and an installation shows the world according to Laftmonk (France / US), visual artist, designer and social art practitioner.

 

During a walk-in afternoon you can view the exhibition and our permanent collection at a safe distance via one-way traffic while enjoying a snack and a drink. Based on previous experience, we expect to have sufficient capacity available with the current 450 m2 exhibition space to properly manage the walk-in via badges. The exhibition will run until December 6.

 

In CTRL + S, Laftmonk plays with the different techniques and styles that she has mastered over the years. Complex geometric textile weaving techniques merge with painting, photography and collage, resulting in subdued surrealist psychological portraits with influences from Francis Bacon, among others, but also more colorful abstract images with street art influences, whether or not in combination with intriguing textile sculptures and a central installation, Base for a Red Vine, 2020 accomplished during her time in lockdown.

 

With all of this she seamlessly builds a synthesis of the ideas and concepts in her oeuvre, which revolve around the new world that is continuously unfolding itself. This world is fragile and disintegrated, in constant transformation, with an urgent need for a new balance, a safe haven. A world seen through the eyes of people or insects with alienated fragments of reality, hidden in veiled layers. Laftmonk's world is populated with displaced people, shifting identities, endangered exotic species. All struggle to find their balance, with each other and with a threatened environment. But it is also a world of beauty in all its layered fragility, precious and full of hope to save and be saved.

 

Laftmonk was born and raised in France, of Algerian descent and educated in France and the USA. Her work has been exhibited internationally in renowned museums and galleries, including the Museum of Art and Industry André-Diligent in France; Cheongju Art Center, Korea; The Cordova Museum, Massachusetts; Santa Fe Art Institute, New Mexico; Blue Star Contemporary, Texas, The Old Mint, San Francisco CA and ST-ART Strasbourg. Her work can be found internationally in private collections, including in Los Angeles, Washington, New York, San Francisco, London and Paris.

OpenArtExchange is an independent international art gallery, which aims to stimulate and connect promising contemporary visual artists from non-Western countries (especially Africa, South America and Asia) with the Western art and culture world. We do this through our online platform, participation in international art fairs and festivals, collaboration with partners and our international residences, exhibitions and other activities in our local art center in the museum quarter of Schiedam (Rotterdam region).

 

Regular opening hours:

Wednesday to Saturday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Sunday: 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM

By appointment: email info@openartexchange.com

OpenArtExchange

Hoogstraat 85

3111 HC Schiedam

www.openartexchange.com

 

 

October 18, 2020

September 16, 2019

New World

Laftmonk, ID#121 Spending Time With Yourself, 2019
NEW WORLD 
October 6th - November 10th, 2019
@openartexchange | Hoogstraat 85, Schiedam, Netherlands
Large parts of our world today are adrift, subject to unstoppable change, for better or for worse. What does this mean for migrants, people left behind, recipients, societies? About despair and hope, about new doors that open, about disappointment and deception, about seemingly unbridgeable differences, distrust and incomprehension. But also about recognition, openness, new friendship and regained stability. About the richness and friction of diversity. About the desire for what was and what is to come.⁠

The following artists give their vision:⁠
> Laftmonk (FR / US) with psychological portraits about being displaced and the need for new social cohesion,⁠
> Kingsley Ogwara (Luxembourg / Nigeria) with abstract colorful compositions about hope and new possibilities,⁠
> Frans De Winter (NL) with sculptures of jute, rope, sand and wood about human transformation, growth and new life ⁠
> Steve Bandoma (DR Congo) with ink drawings on cultural diversity and exchange, stereotypes and prejudices,⁠
> Jonathan Vat Vatunga (DR Congo) with paintings and collages about what was and what is to come.⁠
April 19, 2019

Connect

Search Methods for Trauma Management
Suche Nach Methoden Zur Traumabewältigung,
Von Stefan Knopp, General-Anzeiger Bonn, April 2019

 

 

April 08, 2019

Connect

Connect, Bonn Evangelische Trinitatiskirchengemeinde, 2019

 

As part of Salam to Syria, the Connect program brings an innovative performance in the field of social action art to Bonn. Artist, sculptor and painter Latifa Medjdoub is curator of the event. Salam to Syria promotes cooperation between artists from Syria and other parts of the world.

CONNECT

Fiber art possesses flexible properties that allows me to reflect upon vital mechanisms produced by nature and therefore is a rich medium to help translate in organic shapes, the possibilities stretched by nature’s structure and logic. In Connect, a social experience and practice speaks for our passage through the filter of art, meditation on societal issues and back to nature. It provides a framework for thinking about our collective creativity and the fundament of life, what links humanity together, it's motives, potentiality and self direction.

 I have conceived on a loom a range of ropes or vines as I like to call them for their vital and dynamic reflection on nature. A social practice is engaged to help raise awareness and to sharpen our intuitive communication, opening an inner dialogue to support the world around with a positive vision with new avenues, possibilities. 

 Installed in a background made of red bricks on the tall walls at the Bonn Evangelische Trinitatiskirchengemeinde , a range of protean textile forms are knotted and woven on stretchers from wooden recycled material with a seamless composition. Often achieved using a single handcrafted string on a loom, the various studies reflect on the multiple levels of interconnectedness of individuals and networks using a system of geometry of interaction. 

Two performers, Chrystele Saint Louis Augustin and Sophiatou Kossoko will engage the public with a series of handcrafted ropes installed in the core of the church, tracing together a connective web. The ephemeral installation spanning the space transports participants to an expansive and physically networked setting from which valuable perspective is acquired. 

This project encompasses traditional relationship with the public in the context of performance by pushing the mental and physical boundaries, questioning our presence and responsibility to each other, challenging individual perception and improvisation, allowing an immersive space of self and communal reflection as well as a transformative collective experience.

 

SALAM TO SYRIA

11. April 2019 • 7.00-9.00PM

Ev. Trinitatiskirchengemeinde, Brahmsstraße 14, 53121 Bonn
www.trinitatiskirche-bonn.de
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Latifa Medjdoub, Curator and artist 

Performers for Connect: Chrystèle Saint Louis Augustin and Sophiatou Kossoko

Music: Ashraf Kateb (Violin) and Iwan Urwalow (Piano & Orgel)

Starring Opera singer Deborah Sassoon

This Salam to Syria fundraiser is run by the Global Health Equity Foundation (GHEF)
in cooperation with the Bonn Institute for Migration Research (BIM) e.V.
The proceeds of the event will be used for a research project on the health equality of refugees. In addition to promoting health education for Arabic-speaking refugees, the project will also provide relevant insights into the assessment of trauma and treatment methods. In line with the philosophy of the Global Health Equity Foundation and BIM e.V., support for equality in health care is seen as the advance of human society.

 

March 26, 2019

The Red Vine - Dr. Moroni Stiftung

 

You are cordially invited to participate in a social practice led by artist Latifa Medjdoub. She will be performing her piece The Red Vine, a fiber sculpture conceived as a unique segment to stimulate creative social interactions while exploring notions of space, time, and movement.
This social practice is part of a series of inspirational forums that benefit the Health Diplomacy Project for Arabic Speaking Refugees in Germany. Latifa consults with Global Health Equity Foundation (GHEF) to develop the curriculum for innovative solutions to address issues of inclusion, assimilation and integration in Germany.
March 30th 2019, 6.00 to 8.00 pm
Dr. Moroni Stiftung für Bildung und Integration,
Schlesienstr. 3, 53119 Bonn Germany
Dr. Moroni Stiftung für Integration und Bildung 
Bonn Institute for Migration Studies and Intercultural Learning (BIM)
Global Health Equity Foundation (GHEF)
 
January 21, 2019

The Red Vine - MetaSpace Studio

The Red Vine

INVITATION TO TAKE PART OF THE RED VINE SOCIAL PRACTICE

 This social practice is part of a series of inspirational forums that benefit the Health Diplomacy Project for Arabic Speaking Refugees in Germany. Latifa consults with Global Health Equity Foundation (GHEF) to develop the curriculum for innovative solutions to address issues of inclusion, assimilation and integration in Germany.

The Red Vine is a fiber sculpture conceived as a unique segment to stimulate a vital and creative social interactions while exploring notions of space, time, and movement. The  participants create together a nucleus that leads to multiple reflections on the connection phenomenon, the creation of a common improvised space to bring harmony. This experience brings a strong sense of belonging and unity while meditating on our interdependent nature.

MetaSpace Studio Stockenstraße 1-5, 53113 Bonn January 26, 18:00-20:00 

Hosted by Global Health Equity Foundation: Global Health Equity Foundation advocates on behalf of people who lack access to health education, preventive services and healthcare. See www.ghef.org

 

August 11, 2017

Glean 2017

Latifa Medjdoub, ID#74, Eurythmy
Recycled foam on wood stretchers
GLEAN
A program from Metro, trash management firm Recology and Crackedpots, a Portland-based environmental art nonprofit. 
Inspiration often arrives in unexpected packages. See how five local artists – Christian Barrios, Caroline Borucki, Tyler Corbett, Latifa Medjdoub and Danielle Schlunegger – transformed an unpredictable stream of trash from the Metro Central transfer station into art. 
This event is free and open to the public.
EXHIBITION OPENING RECEPTION
August 4, 2017, 6:00pm – 9:00 pm

Furthermore Gallery
421 NE 10th Ave
Fri – Sun, noon – 5:00 pm
April 19, 2017

Workshop: The Strings

 

The Strings series Workshops

Fiber Sculpture + Social Practice

Open to all levels

Time: 2 to 3 Hours

 Instructor: Latifa Medjdoub

Instructor provides recycled materials

 

Class Description: This project will invite physical interaction using handcrafted fiber sculptures and encourage reflection on the action of sharing and combining efforts in the act of creation.

 In this workshop, we will first open up to a social practice together to reflect on the depth of the energy that links everything together. Using a set of handcrafted strings, we will experiment with movements and perspective in space.

Participants will be then working with a set of recycled items from varying material sources ranging from fiber, paper, plastic or metal to form a string or rope like open ended segment. They will study systems of formal imbrication, intertwined sequences, modulating rhythmic organizations of selected items while demonstrating a correlation between structure and sustainability.

In our age of social media networking, this innovative artistic approach pushes mental and physical boundaries, questioning our presence and responsibility to each other, challenging individual and shared perception and communication, and allowing an immersive space of self as well as a transformative collective experience to foster the idea that art makes us look at the world in fresh, new and restorative ways.

 

Public workshop:

 In Portland

May 11th at N.E.W from 6pm to 9pm 

New Expressive Work 810 SE Belmont, PDX OR 97214

Limited to 30 participants.

In San Francisco

May 20th at MP+D from 2pm to 5pm

Museum of Performance and Design 893B Folsom Street San Francisco CA 94107

Limited to 20 participants.

 

Contact me for more details and to register: 

info@latifamedjdoub.com 

 

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