Ismaïl Bahri: Instruments

June 13, 2017 to September 24, 2017
At Jeu de Paume
Ismaïl Bahri: Instruments

‘Instruments’, an exhibition at the Jeu de Paume, Paris, presents a selection of Tunisian video artist Ismaïl Bahri’s principal works along with two new works, conceived and produced for the exhibition. Ismaïl Bahri’s work often focuses on interactions between a series of actions from basic elements of everyday life: a drop of water, for example, placed on someone’s skin and reacting to arterial pulsations; a thread being wound in; or the fibres in a sheet of paper becoming permeated with ink. With a keen attention to detail, the artist creates an enigmatic series of micro-events which question the conditions of their visibility. Featuring a set of eight works by Bahri, the Jeu de Paume exhibition seeks to develop a movement of progressive enlargement, starting with the intimate and leading outwards to landscape, light and a certain sort of abstraction.

Ismaïl Bahri has been the subject of several solo shows: in 2014 at Les Églises de Chelles – Centre d’art contemporain, and at the Espace Khiasma, Les Lilas, Paris. He has also featured regularly in group exhibitions. In 2016, his work was presented in Incorporated! at the Ateliers de Rennes – Biennale d’art contemporain, and in the exhibition ‘Uprisings’, at the Jeu de Paume. His videos have also been screened at numerous film festivals such as the FIDMarseille, the TIFF Toronto Film Festival and the NYFF New York Film Festival. In 2017, he will be taking part in the Sharjah Biennale and the IFFR Rotterdam International Film Festival.


Jeu de Paume

1, place de la Concorde
75008 Paris