Safaa Erruas, 'Tierra de nadie', 2016, Glass fibers and cut paper on cotton paper, 65 x 50 cm, Courtesy of L'atelier 21
Safaa Erruas, 'Tierra de nadie', 2016, Glass fibers and cut paper on cotton paper, 65 x 50 cm, Courtesy of L'atelier 21 

Safaa Erruas uses materials connected to the traditions of Moroccan dressmaking for the basis of her sculptures, installations, and public works. Cotton, gauze, tissue paper, pins and razors are assembled and reconfigured in abstractions that are at times piercingly violent, and others, intimate and fragile. Erruas’s burgeoning body of work is marked by a ubiquitous use of white that, according to the artist, conveys absence and acts as a neutral site for transformation.

Her works have been exhibited at international museums and institutions, including Palais de Tokyo, France; Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen (MuHKA), Belgium; Oslo Kunstforening in Norway; the Musée de Marrakech, Morocco; the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts Museum (MoCADA), USA; the Arab World Institute, France; and the Emirates Palace, United Arab Emirates. Festivals and biennales include the 12th Havana Biennial in Cuba (2015); the 25th Alexandria Biennale for Mediterranean Countries in Egypt (2010); and Dak’Art – Biennale de l’Art Africain Contemporain in Senegal (2002, 2006). Erruas is a member of the Collectif 212 – a collective of contemporary Moroccan artists.