Yesmine Ben Khelil, 'J’ai tenu parole', 2015, Mixed media 42 x 29.7 cm, Courtesy of Primo Marella Gallery
Yesmine Ben Khelil, 'J’ai tenu parole', 2015, Mixed media 42 x 29.7 cm, Courtesy of Primo Marella Gallery  

Yesmine Ben Khelil’s work explores, develops and captures a wide range of fictional and real characters from different social and political backgrounds. Infamous dictators are identifiable amongst these absurd and ironic portraits, hybrids of half-man and half octopus, jellyfish, or other marine molluscs. By creating the sensation of pointed ridicule and challenging their humanness, Ben Khelil’s works portray a deep sense of irony, confusion, violence and absurdity towards dictatorship. Her work is mainly based on the use of ink and pencil interventions on paper, evoking the tools of childhood with marks of correctors, glitter paint, and felt tip pens.

Ben Khelil received her doctorate in Plastic Arts and Sciences of Art from the University of Paris. Her work has been featured in exhibitions in Brooklyn, New York, US (2016); Rome, Italy (2015); Venice, Italy (2015); and Tunis, Tunisia (2015).