All by my selfie

Djamel Tatah

1959 -

Djamel Tatah

The artist 

Born in 1959, Djamel Tatah is a Franco-Algerian artist who teaches at l’École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris. He lives and works in Provence. He exposes works regularly both abroad and in France, with his paintings belonging to several notable private and public collections such as the British Museum and le Musée National d’Art Moderne Centre-Pompidou.

Though his sober yet carefully composed painting, Djamel Tatah depicts the contemporary man asserting his presence in the world. Starting with reality, from the most ordinary situations to the drama of current events, he paints human figures to scale, suspended in time, immersed in silence and who seem to belong to no defined place. Reassessing solitude as a virtue, the artist tries to go beyond reality to experience, by means of colour, light and line, his own feeling of being in the world.

Galerie Poggi

Sans titre
1994

Since 1986, Tatah has been painting images based on photographic shots where he determines the pose, choosing people who are close to or familiar to him as models. Given his Algerian origins, Tatah has been influenced by a tradition that forbids the representation of the human figure. In his painting there is therefore no irony, no double talk, just a silent presence. Tatah's women are numerous and fierce and it is impossible to escape the harshness of their pose and gaze. Each canvas is dominated by a monochrome background against which the figures stand. In this work it is a woman who, contrary to his more well-known representations, seems somewhat intimidated. Her head is slightly lowered, her gaze is questioning. It questions our solitude as well as hers, the social solitude of being very much alone amongst others.

Frac Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, 2020