Mohamedali Ltaief (Dali)

Migrations and mobilities (Germany/Tunisia)

Mohamedali Ltaief (Dali) is a visual artist, videographer and performer. Diploma at the Fine Arts School of Tunis and currently carries out his philosophy master research at the University of Human Science in Tunis. He is one of the co-founders of the art-movement "Ahl-Al-Khaf" in Tunisia. The movement experimented conceptual art and urban performances during the first two years of the Tunisian "Revolution". 2013 Ltaief startet to shoot "Philosophers Republic" in collaboration with the author Darja Stocker, an Documentary film about the "transitional periods" that shaked the arab countries since 2011. A fragment of "Philosophers Republic" is the visual core part within the performance "Caliban Cannibal" where Ltaief played the main male character of Caliban side by side with the italian actress Silvia Calderoni. The performance was part of the project "animale politico 2011>2068" by the Italian theater group "Motus". Caliban itself is created out of a documentary approach about the theme of exile, taking "A Tempest" by Aimée Cesaire as its initial point. His work has been exhibited and presented on The Maxxi, National Museum of the 21st Century Arts (Rome), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), Santarcangelo dei teatri (Rimini), Black box Theater (Oslo), Biennale Spielart (Munich), and elsewhere.

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Mobility of discourses, mobility of images

In Cassis, Mohamedali Ltaief will undertake research on issues related to Foucault's concept of rarity and on geographic mobility, with the final goal of writing a play. The wire fences in Lampedusa (Italy) are hiding tales, images, and populist discourses around fear. They represent the new security measures of contemporary imperialism against a global multiple and mixed diaspora. War is a form of domination from a geopolitical, linguistic, and aesthetic point of view. The circulation of literary and visual objects is part of the storytelling of the contemporary world. Both the "stranger" as conceptualized by Arab philosopher Abû Hayyân al-Tawḥîdî (10th century) and Foucault's understanding of the inter-relation of the inside and the outside inhabit this work. Key questions will be: how discourses about fear are produced and used? How does the extreme right in Germany fashion toxic myths and stereotypes about the outsiders to the nation? How these discourses are related to the Salafi ideology around questions of fear and otherness? In their artistic approach, Mohamedali Ltaief and Darja Stocker are interested in the dominant discourses that create values, political trends, and social movements. Even though art attempts to challenge these narratives, artistic discourses often fall in the trap of reproducing or magnifying them.

Dali is in residence at the Camargo Foundation from April 6 to May 2nd, in partnership with the research program Goethe-Institut.