Thameur Mejri, The present is obsolete 3, 2017, Mixed media on canvas,160x140 cm. Courtesy the artist and Elmarsa
Thameur Mejri, The present is obsolete 3, 2017, Mixed media on canvas,160x140 cm. Courtesy the artist and Elmarsa  

Thameur Mejri‘s drawings and paintings offer a critical view of modern society and contemporary culture, in particular, of Tunisia. The body is central to Mejri’s practice, serving as a site where the sacred and profane meet and as a means to address topics that may be considered taboo. Dealing with issues of brutality, bigotry and masculinity, the physical body is inscribed with repressive constraints. Through the juxtaposition of everyday domestic objects and tools such as television sets, knives and hammers, to loaded instruments such as microphones, cars, guns and tanks, Mejri’s works question how power and authority incites fear, anger and uncertainty.

He is currently pursuing a PhD in Sciences and Technology of Arts and continues to exhibit regularly in Tunisia and abroad. Recent exhibitions include Before you split the ground, Jack Bell Gallery, London (2017) and Yesterday is tomorrow’s memory: a group show of work from North Africa, Elmarsa Gallery, Dubai (2016).