Born in France from Algerian descent, Laftmonk aka Latifa Medjdoub is a visual artist and social art practitioner whose work is conceived with a synthesis of sculpture, painting, photography, installation and performance art often using textile art as a central mode of communication.
Since 2013, she has developed social art projects which positively transcend cultural divides, placing the public in a space of dialogue using geometric principles, within a metatheatrical rhetoric to raise awareness. Her current research leads her to deepen the interactive aspect of improvisation and collaborative immediacy as a teaching tool. She invites participants to create the basic material of her social practice from accessible and inclusive technical means. Her extensive experience in the diverse fields of performance and design among renowned international artists allowed her to study social behavior in the expression of acting and to conceive with the public, elaborate and intricate artistic tools stimulating creative social interactions and participatory communication to engage in processes of social transformation.
Laftmonk’s recent painting work focuses on the question of identity and social construction, a study she calls ID#, captivating a social psychological portrait of modern societies in the fast-paced stream of information. Her exploration takes an alternative shape between textile sculpture and painting, combined in a constructive geometry while generating coinciding perspectives at the intersection of our realities.
Laftmonk has developed and adapted original and collaborative workshops and public practice with diverse communities including at the French American International School, the Alonzo King Lines Ballet, with diverse communities at the Museum of Performance and Design in San Francisco or with the Global Health Equity Foundation for refugees in Bonn, Germany. She has been a visiting artist at universities and high schools, lectured and performed in major institutions such as the De Young Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco. Her work has been shown internationally in Museums, galleries, including the Museum of Art and Industry André-Diligent in France; Cheongju Art Center, Korea; De Cordova Museum, Massachusetts; Santa Fe Art institute, New Mexico; Blue Star Contemporary, Texas, and at The Old Mint, San Francisco CA.
The Roots Social Practice, Archives of the Museum of Performance and Design, San Francisco, 2016