Safaa Erruas, Micro-events I, 2017, Paper cut-outs, glass slides, metal threads and images of eyes on cotton paper, 43 x 55 cm. Courtesy the artist and L’Atelier 21
Safaa Erruas, Micro-events I, 2017, Paper cut-outs, glass slides, metal threads and images of eyes on cotton paper, 43 x 55 cm. Courtesy the artist and L’Atelier 21  

Safaa Erruas’ work is characterised by her use of the colour white, which, according to her, symbolises absence, immateriality, transparency and fragility. The absence of colour gives Erruas the space to communicate. Adept at creating interplay of light and shadow, openness and occlusion, she is particularly attentive to the in-situ potentialities of the exhibition and the artistic experience. Her use of razor blades, needles and other metallic objects reflect on the silent wounds held in the unconscious.

Erruas graduated from Institut National des Beaux-Arts Tétouan in 1998. She has held numerous solo and collective exhibitions in France, Italy, Spain, Norway, Germany, England, Belgium, Algeria, India and the US. She participated in Dak’Art – Biennale de l’Art Africain Contemporain, Dakar in 2002 and 2006 and the 25th Alexandria Biennale for Mediterranean Countries, Alexandria in 2009, where her work The Moon Inside of Me won the Biennale Award. In 2015 Erruas took part in the 12th Havana Biennial, Havana, with the project Beyond the Wall, as well as in the itinerant exhibition El iris de Lucy (2015–17).