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Biography of Djamel Tatah
Djamel Tatah was born to Algerian parents in Saint-Chamond (Loire) in 1959. The young man was 22 years old when he began his studies at the School of Fine Arts in Saint-Etienne; he stayed there from 1981 to 1986. Between 1981 and 1987, he travelled several times to Algeria, visiting its archaeological sites. From then on, he chose to insert archaeological elements in several of his works, thus returning man to his origins, his past and his history. In 1989, he presented his first personal exhibition in Toulouse (Galerie Axe Actuel). During his stay in Marseilles between 1989 and 1995, he defined the essence of his creative process and became involved in the creation of large formats and polyptychs.
Djamel Tatah had his first solo exhibition in Paris in 1999 (Galerie Liliane et Michel Durand-Dessert). He then regularly presents his works in different places in France (Amiens, Lyon, Tarbes, etc) and abroad. In 2013, a major monographic exhibition is devoted to him at the National Public Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Algiers in collaboration with the Villa Médicis and the Maeght Foundation. This exhibition is hosted the following year at the Maeght Foundation (Vence).
In a sober and purified painting, Djamel Tatah delivers a representation of contemporary man who asserts his presence in the world. Starting from reality, from the most ordinary situations to the events that mark current events, he paints human figures on the scale of the body, solitary, suspended in time and who seem to belong to no place. By means of colour, light and line, the artist experiences his feeling of being in the world.
Djamel Tatah teaches at the Ecole National Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris.
From reality, from the most ordinary situations to current events, the artist paints human figures, on the scale of the body, suspended in time, plunged into silence and which seem to belong to no definite place. Reevaluating solitude as a virtue, Djamel Tatah tries to go beyond reality to experience, through colour, light and line, his feeling of being in the world.
« My painting is silent. To impose silence in the face of the noise of the world is, in a way, to adopt a political position. It encourages us to take a step back and observe our relationship to others and to society. »