Ilyes Messaoudi

Ilyes Messaoudi is a Tunisian visual artist working in painting, collage, and embroidery.  His work, which is rooted in his North African heritage, connects tradition and modernity to reveal identity struggles, taboos and stereotypes within the Middle East, and critiques on contemporary culture. Messaoudi lives between Tunisia and France and attended the School of Science and Technology in Tunis.  Since 2015, he has exhibited his work in France, Tunisia and the UK, including in the show Pop Art From North Africa at the Arab British Centre, London (2017) and Water at Gallery 102, Washington, D.C. (2018). In 2019, Messaoudi illustrated his first book, “The Loves of Antar and Abla.” His work is in the permanent collection of the Arab World Institute in Paris and in several notable private collections.


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