Saâdane Afif. This Is Ornamental
With This Is Ornamental, Kunsthalle Wien now presents the first solo show of Afif’s work in Austria. Saâdane Afif's practice is characterized by extreme variability—even fluidity—between forms, categories, inspirations and methods used. Always pushing the limits of the artwork as an object fashioned by a demiurge artist, he creates ever-changing works that are only temporarily crystallized.
At Kunsthalle Wien Karlsplatz, a new inflection comes into play. Not only does Afif continue this method of collaboration, derivation and variation—always engaging the authorship of the work, its reification as an object and its reception. He also addresses the entire process of musealization, institutionalization, and, finally, of historicization. For This Is Ornamental, he invited the writer and poet Thomas Clerc to create the script of a play inspired by one of his earlier performance pieces, Souvenir: La Leçon de Géométrie. This Is Ornamental at the Kunsthalle Wien Karlsplatz is Saâdane Afif’s first exhibition experiment arising from Thomas Clerc’s text The Heptahedron, and draws on its two core elements: the matter of the text itself, the language, and its main character, Yasmine d’Ouezzan, a French-Moroccan woman who was the first French female carom billiard champion.