Sex, desires and politics: such were the pillars of a moral revolution which, in the 1970s, would connect the body live to the social issue. In challenging the virile image of the virtuoso demiurge artist, Soufiane Ababri’s minority forms update the spirit, in a gentle form of critical «intersectionality,» which jointly addresses post-colonial, queer and, in the broad sense, counter-cultural matters. it is not the intent of this contextual work to talk about and broach these questions head-on, preferring to propose a set of signs for them. 

Because the history of universal domination often leaves clandestine marks on reality, the artist will re-insert other marks in this flux. The chosen means are deliberately rudimentary: appropriations, re-framed and hijacked images found on the internet, drawings (Bed works executed in a prone position) and performances made for photographs. Transitive gestures rather than definite positions. Well below the ethereal spheres of transcendent inspiration, Soufiane Ababri’s art has both feet in reality: non-heroic snapshots of life rub shoulders with referents to art and film history, in a kind of amateur date base shared live. 

Non-heroic visions, to be sure, but not non-erotic. His renderings of observations are invariably discreetly transformed by fantasy and desire, as if he were contrasting a trivialization of sex with a sexualization of triviality.  in a deeper sense, this de-hierarchization of subjects and styles alike points to a strategy of struggle against normative violence by way of  alternative labour economies. An intimate scale of the political that links up with Erin Manning’s(1) theories to do with the «minor gesture»: in praise of the minor, imperceptible and apparently derisory movement, which results neither from voluntarism nor totally from chance, nor really from intention or reflex, or a bit of all the above, but ending up by being the person who determines history. 



(1) - Erin Manning, The Minor Gesture, Duke University Press,2016 



Guillaume Désanges    





Press link : 

http://onorient.com/soufiane-ababri-eros-moderne-25590-20180606
https://www.coeval-magazine.com/coeval/soufiane-ababri 
https://www.lesinrocks.com/2018/05/07/arts/paris-les-dessins-erotiques-de-soufiane-ababri-questionnent-la-virilite-111080265/ 
https://thesteidz.com/2018/05/11/soufiane-ababri-exposition-paris-galerie-praz-delavallade-haunted-lives/ 
http://www.konbini.com/fr/entertainment-2/les-dessins-homo-erotiques-et-politiques-de-soufiane-ababri-exposes-a-paris/ 
https://wsimag.com/fr/art/38131-soufiane-ababri 
https://telquel.ma/2018/06/10/decouverte-les-dessins-engages-de-soufiane-ababri_1596952 
https://www.lemonde.fr/afrique/article/2017/11/24/soufiane-ababri-a-reussi-un-exploit-une-expo-gay-en-plein-douala_5219828_3212.html 
http://www.paris-art.com/soufiane-ababri-galerie-praz-delavallade-haunted-lives/ 
https://dailyartfair.com/exhibition/8160/soufiane-ababri-praz-delavallade 
http://www.numero.com/fr/art/gagosian-crevecoeur-balice-hertling-praz-delavallade-soufiane-ababri-julie-beaufils-jorje-pedro-nunez-georges-bataille 
https://www.lequotidiendelart.com/articles/11205-portrait-de-jeune-artiste-soufiane-ababri.html 
https://i-d.vice.com/fr/article/bjdvmw/lartiste-marocain-soufiane-abrabi-ranime-lhomo-erotisme-a-coups-de-crayons 
http://diptykblog.com/blog/2017/02/22/bed-soufiane-ababri/ 
















Haunted Lives
Praz-Delavallade Gallery - Paris 
2018
























Humez l'odeur des fleurs pendant qu'il en est encore temps
Drawing, colored pencils, blue light, sound, performance
2018
























Bed work 
Drawing, colored pencils 
2017










Scenography with 6 drawings and a painting on the wall. 
 
"From Felix to Ross” is a proposal which attempt to rethink the approach of several artists of the 1980s suffering from AIDS mostly dead, as well as the aesthetics generated from the disease.
How do prevention, the legacy of this time, the return of bareback sex with the appearance of PrEP reformulate and produce another discourse and continuity? The idea of ​​a generation and a community of artists, haunted by a certain history which gives them the opportunity to see the official history with a different look by producing a rereading of the world, is what is highlighted in this proposal.
In this scenography the love letter sent by Felix Gonzalez Torres to his lover Ross echoing the perfect lovers piece and the upcoming death is divided at the level of the clocks..







Bed work 
Drawing, colored pencils 
2017




























Homodiscothecus is a scenography which takes as a starting point Guillaume Dustan's novel « je sors ce soir" (1997). The scenography includes around thirty drawings displayed on walls acting as the reconstruction of a sex club with a sound installation. The sound is a compilation of Dustan’s  music mixed with other sampled music played in clubs in France as well as from several political speeches. There is the possibility of walking around on both sides and discovering drawings as one goes by. On the walls one can see glory holes as well as names of artistic references mixed with people whom I know on an intimate level.









Bed work 
Drawing, colored pencils 
2017





























« Peuples érotiques peuples exotiques » is a scenography composed of twenty drawings displayed on a brightly painted wall depicting the shape of a factory. The scenography goes along with a performance. The project is realized in Douala in Cameroon around the colonialist exploitation in local French banana plantations. The drawings play on the confrontation between a superficial western eroticization of the banana and the deplorable proletarian reality at the location where bananas are harvested. The performance takes the form of a traditional dance highlighting the repetitive gestures of workers from the harvesting to the packaging processes, the performance concludes with the revolt of the workers against my own artistic production.









Bed work 
Drawing, colored pencils 
2017




































- «Oh please! don’t be angry! it’s based on emotional facts» is a scenography consisting of thirty drawings displayed in a labyrinth conceived for the exhibition. While walking in the exhibition space,we come across several glory holes and various references to some artists particularly chosen in the broader art historical narrative, among them are Felix Gonzalez-Torres, David Robilliard, Jean Genet, Keith Hharing, General Idea, Ray Johnson.









Bed work 
Drawing, colored pencils 
2017

















 








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Unverifiable attempt to go into the History / Missing the riffian 
2016 
Tangier