Slimen El Kamel was raised in a rural surrounding immersed in the richness of folktale, poetry and literary traditions. These formative years significantly influenced his practice and his preoccupation with poetic and literary texts, recollected narratives and lived and imagined realities. In his more recent work, he considers the links between the human body and everyday consumable objects derived from popular culture. Through figurative, symbolic and abstract forms he creates at once a narrative unfolding on the canvas and a subtle critique of the effects of mass culture on traditional ways of life.
El Kamel’s selected exhibitions include Yesterday is tomorrow’s memory: a group show of work from North Africa, Elmarsa, Dubai (2016) and exhibitions in London, Tunis, Cape Town and Paris.