Barbed Gate & Cabinet des Frontières (Border Cabinet)
Security measures were strengthened in the city of Tunis in the aftermath of January 14, 2011. What was previously introduced as “exceptional measures” has become the new ‘normal’. The barbed wire and other borders have become a part of the urban landscape.
The choice to work on Bab El Bhar stems from its symbolic importance and the historical events that shaped it as a border-monument. Bab El Bhar is entirely covered in barbed wire, mystifying the controlled element and the controlling tool. The grand building retreats to the benefit of a ghostly silhouette, tracing the history of a gate overlooking the sea, renamed Porte de France by colonial authorities, and that is presently aligned on the same axis as the statue of Ibn Khuldun, the statue of Bourguiba and the Obelisk.
In parallel, the inhabitants of the city are mobilized to shape a common work, a cabinet of curiosity welcoming the collective imagination about borders.
Creations / Parcours
Nidhal Chamekh (Tunis/Paris)
Nidhal Chamekh was born in 1985 in Dahmani (Tunisia) and graduated at the School of Fine Arts in Tunis and in Paris where he lives and works. Nidhal is committed to analyze our generation with a visual, yet experimental, language. His creations present a possible interpretation of our time, in the intersection between a biographical microcosm and a political framework, between personal experience and history, between the event and the archive. From drawing to installation to photography and video, Nidhal Chamekh fragments and dissects through his works the constitution of our contemporary identity.
His artwork has been exhibited at the Venice Biennial, the Aïchi Triennale, the Yinchuan Biennial, the Dakar Biennial and has been shown in Tunis at Politics Collective exhibitions, in Paris at The Arab World Institute, The Drawing Now, in Italy at FM Contemporary Art Center, in London at Drawing Room, during 1:54 Art Fair and in Art Basel and the Hood Museum among others.
Engineer Principal structure CIAG : Khemaies Ferchichi
Engineers CIAG : Mohamed Ben Ismail
Technician CIAG : Montassar Hachani
Civil Engineer ENIT : Sami Montassar
Interns ENIT : Nadya Aamira, Chaima Arouri
Architect ENAU : Chiraz Chtara
Interns ENAU : Faten Sbaai, Youssef Mrabet, Khaled Abdallah, Syrine Belfetni
Prototype Team : Mondher Ben Abdallah, Hatem Ben Abdallah, Skander Riahi, Khaled Souid
Assistant : Oumeyma Medini
Production : L’Art Rue / Dream City
With the support of the Ministry of Cultural Affairs
Partners : CIAG Concept, Apave, ENAU, ENIT
Technical Partner : SYBEL Light & Sound