The David Bloch Gallery has announced a new solo exhibition by French artist Yassine YAZE Mekhnache titled The Conference of the Birds. The solo show will be the first with the David Bloch Gallery in Marrakech, Morocco (that are currently showing their annual Hall of Fame group show and also presented a recent solo show by the renowned French street artist Remed) and will demonstrate the strong ties that Yassine YAZE Mekhnache has built up with Morocco in the last ten years and particularly with the embroiderers of the small mountain village of Tameslouht, located 17km away from Marrakech, with whom the artist has been working with.
The Conference of the Birds solo exhibition at the David Bloch Gallery in Marrakech is an opportunity to see some magnificent and beautiful works that have been a part of an ongoing journey by the artist since 2007 that links the tradition of the female embroiderers from Tameslought and his own vibrant creations. The visceral working style of Yassine YAZE Mekhnache, that came from creating street art as a youth, seem somewhat at odds with the delicate woven fabrics and Indian silks he utilises in his works, but as can be witnessed in The Conference of the Birds, the results are surprisingly beautiful (take a look at The House of Magic Affection by Angelo Filomeno that uses embroidery techniques and the Banana Spleen exhibition article about the work of Alexone Dizac who sometimes creates on textiles) and create a vibrant mystical world that is rooted in his discovery of the work of twelfth century poet Farid Attar and his story of Sufi wisdom found in his Conference of the Birds.
The ongoing project that is The Conference of the Birds by Yassine YAZE Mekhnache will see the creation of thirty monumental canvasses that relate directly to the thirty birds in the words of Farid Attar that travel to join their king Simorgh. In Persian, Si-Morgh means thirty birds but if the hyphen is removed it translates into fabulous creature and indicates Simorgh to be king of the birds and an allegory of divine abstraction (check out the Hope and Awareness article about the work of James Bullough that uses birds as a symbol of freedom and hope). The final images for The Conference of the Birds are quite striking in their details, the women embroiderers of Tameslouht, whom it is thought shared encoded information in their silent works for many years, take great pride in their creativeness and when combined with the almost primitive marks created in ink by Yassine YAZE Mekhnache the viewer is presented with bewitching images that are a mixed marriage of crafted details and pure creative energy.(You may also enjoy the works of Kour Pour who uses Persian textile designs within his work)
The Conference of the Birds by Yassine YAZE Mekhnache runs from 27th February 2015 until 24th March 2015 at David Bloch Gallery in Marrakech, Morocco. An opening in the presence of Yassine YAZE Mekhnache will take place on 27th February 2015 at 7pm.
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All images courtesy of David Bloch Gallery.
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