Saâdane AFIF

© Jérôme Schlomoff 2006


" Power Chords "


After Marseille, Nice (Villa Arson), Glasgow (Villa Médicis Hors les Murs), Saâdane Afif lives and works in Berlin since 2003. Artist without a studio, he often moves onto each intervention site, and becomes part of it. His refusal to isolate himself in a workshop also motivates him to create. "Our society and the structures that govern it, including the art world, encourages a deep self withdrawal. Yet the ideas and forms often gain in being shared. "

As a Conductor, he recently commissioned artists (painters, writers, musicians ...) to "translate" his" work. He imposes on them the constraints of the medium and the atmosphere to be given. This is what he did to create and evolve Power Chords, with Guillaume Stagnaro, a work which embodies his passion for music, by drawing bridges between disciplines. Power Chords is a work proposed by Laurence Gateau, Directress of the FRAC Pays de la Loire. It caught the International Contemporary Art Jury's attention in 2006.

In 2009, Saâdane Afif is the winner of the Marcel Duchamp Prize.

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Its origin: an article by journalist Patrick Eudeline "Chanson mode d'emploi" (Rock and Folk). Presented at the last Biennale in Lyon, Power Chords brings together eleven electric guitars orchestrated by a computer, each playing alone on different accords. These riffs constitute the materials of the piece. To structure this system,Saâdane Afif used as partitions the artist Andrew Cader's sticks, with which the exchange of three or four colors create multiple combinations of possible accords. The guitars then interpret these compositions at random, playing "money chords", literally the major guitar chords in song history. Power Chords is also the title of a song commissioned from Mick Peter.

Born in Vendome in 1970. A graduate of the beaux-arts in Nantes, he made his first personal exhibition in 1998 at the Galerie Michel Rein, who still represents him today in Paris.

Personal exhibitions 2006

The International Prize of Contemporary Art, Prince Pierre Foundation, Monaco 2005

Lyrics, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
Out-category, Galerie Michel Rein, Paris, France
One Million BPM, and Cimaise de Portique, Albi, France 2004

Melancholic Beat, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
Prospective , The Hall, Gallery of the ecole de beaux-arts in Lyon, France 2003

king plants and dirty roads, Art/34/Basel/Art Statements, Galerie Michel Rein
, Germany
Memory Lost, Villa Arson, Nice, France 2002

... and n'importe quoi, Galerie Michel Rein, Paris, France 2001

Mise à flot, Le Creux de l'Enfer, Thiers, France
Poetic Lambda, College / Frac Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, France 2000

Regional school of beaux-arts, Valence, France
Le vrai scandale c'est la mort. Expression of Algeria 2000, Gallery of the University, Aix-en-Provence, France

1999 draft, ecole des beaux-arts, Valenciennes, France

TOUT 1998, Galerie Michel Rein, Tours, France

Group Exhibitions 2006

Notre Histoire , Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
Midnight Walkers, Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel, and CREDAC, Ivry-sur-Seine, France
Intérieur jour- the subject of art and design in the collection of FRAC Ile -de-France, Centre des Arts, Enghien-les-Bains, France Deaf - from the audible to the visible, Frank Elbaz Gallery, France
Amazeing friends, Galleria Maze, Turin, Italy 2005

Thank you for the Music, Monika Sprüth
Philomene Magers Gallery, Munich
The Last Christmas, Mehdi Chouakri Gallery, Berlin, Germany
Experience de la durée, Biennale de Lyon , France
Pantagruel's Syndrome, Turin Triennale, Turin, Italy
Sweet Taboos, Tirana Biennale, Tirana, Albania Anti-dote, Galerie des Galeries Lafayette, Paris, France
Rendez-vous 2005 the young contemporary creation, resonant path of the Biennial, Gallery Terreaux, Lyon, France
a Plurielles 1 "Identitiés", Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France
Invisible script: a letter to Morel, W139, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Down at the Rock 'n Roll Club, 1st Moscow Biennale, Moscow, Russia
tijdelijke Onbewoonbaar Verklaard, More Talent Than Space, Ypres, Belgium
country, FRAC Poitou-Charentes, Musée des Cordeliers, Saint-Jean d'Angely, France
Vorticanti, Galleria Maze, Turin, Italy 2004

The stars are so big, the earth is so small ... Stay as you are, Esther Schipper Gallery, Berlin, Germany
D'un pas... L'autre ..., festival Jinan, China Shake, OK Centrum, Linz
(Austria) / Villa Arson, Nice, France
Oasis, Glassbox, Paris, France
Playlist, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France