Said Afifi, ‘Donatella and Plastic surgery VII', 2016, Graphite on paper, 48 x 55 cm, Courtesy of GVCC Gallery
Said Afifi, ‘Donatella and Plastic surgery VII', 2016, Graphite on paper, 48 x 55 cm, Courtesy of GVCC Gallery 

Since 2012, Said Afifi has explored the tenets of postmodernist architecture, often adding a chaotic and utopian dimension to the genre, drawing outlines of a cold and sterile aesthetic. While maintaining a position of observer, he tries to question the political, social and economic circumstances that have led to the advent of ultra-modernist architecture. In the Donatella series, Afifi evokes the issues behind chirurgical procedures that are planned as architectural process, and the impact of this pursuit of a perfect aesthetic on the evolution of human species.

Afifi graduated from the National Institute of Fine Art of Tetouan, Morocco, in 2008, and from the Cégèpe of Matane, Canada, in digital and video production. His works have been exhibited at the Institut du Monde Arabe and at the Cité des Arts — both in Paris, France — and at the Parallel Projects of the Marrakech Biennale in Morocco. Afifi has also been selected for the Gwangju Biennale in Korea. He is currently in residency at the Studio National des Arts Contemporains, Le Frenoy.