Mindful of her heritage and past, Nicène Kossentini seeks to uncover the lost links and buried truths of its culture and its origins. Her work thus addresses concerns of Tunisian society which have to live with a memory that tends to freeze, to flatten and become lost. In her videos, Kossentini captures, picture by picture, the slow transformation of people and things, to reveal intimate places and bodies.Read More
Each work is an invitation to enter into symbiosis with an uncertain and close living space. She creates singular atmospheres with minimalist escenographies, highlighting contrasts in black and white and semi visible areas. Her videos capture sights and faces about to extinct, hipnotizing the viewer's look that is sustained in wait for an inminent event. The deliberate slow movement of the camera restores the phenomenological dimension of time to better suggest the sensation of becoming a strangely enigmatic place.
In her recent videos, the artist pursues the uncertainty of the look on the viewer against his vision habits and prejudices, placing off the camera what could be a subject. She raises the problem of identity and its elusive landmark.
Text courtesy Sabrina Amrani.