Taking the language of notation as a starting point for her explorations, Lina Ben Rejeb’s works build on the tensions between visibility and legibility alongside the serendipitous shapes and patterns revealed through layering and partial obliteration. Choosing photocopying and painting as her primary techniques, she approaches texts as a pictorial surface. For this artist, text becomes a site of transformation, choosing to translate entire written works into series of undulating, monochromatic forms. In this, a new kind of visual language emerges. Ben Rejeb’s artworks establish a dialogue around the accessibility and transmission of language, for example in any translation of Arabic to Latin, parlance and phraseology will inadvertently become lost in communication. In rendering a language that in essence is unreadable, she draws attention to the very inevitability of distortion.
Ben Rejeb studied at the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts in Paris, graduating in 2011, and has since exhibited in Tunisia and France. Her works have been featured in a number of exhibitions in Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia (2016); Tunis, Tunisia (2014); and Paris, France (2013), and are included in private collections in Brussels and Tunis.