Wafae Ahalouch (Tangier, Morocco, 1978) lives and works in Amsterdam. She thinks of her bright paintings, sculptures and murals as parts of stories grounded in societal matters. Her installations are how she combines the parts. Ahalouch employs a graphical style that’s entirely monochrome. Mythology, (art) history, feminism, politics, media, and cultural diversity all inspire her to compose new stories.
Ahalouch’s worldview is largely shaped by the notion that nothing is as it seems. This is what drives her in her search for the truth. She pits powerlessness against power in her installations. Recurring in all manner of variations is the position of women as a theme. Realism and fiction, figuration and abstraction, the visible and the invisible – intertwined, these opposites give the work a layered edge.
Alongside pieces from the past fifteen years, Wafae Ahalouch will also be showing new work at Club Solo. Marital traditions and rituals play a key part in her recent work. Every marriage is a personal, shared transition in someone’s life. This transition is depicted in an installation consisting of movie posters, video work and fabric collages.