Zainab Andalibe

Born in 1985 in Marrakech (Morocco)
Lives and works in Clermont-Ferrand (France)

“In an effort to incarnate the gap (between what is near and what is far) as a measurable concept, the wire traces the spread – centimetre by centimetre.”

Zainab Andalibe graduated in 2007 from Paul Valéry University in Montpellier, and then from that city’s École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in 2012. She creates works in which reality mingles with make-believe, thus seeking a balance between aesthetic reflection and social context. Her work deals with different notions related to space, such as movement, trajectories, and distances. In her 2019 work entitled La ligne, cartographie d’une distance (Line, cartography of a distance), the artist explores the question of territory and its symbolic representation with the deployment of several meters of brass wire wound around a spool. The medium—chosen for its linear character as much as its conductivity–constitutes a metaphor of distance travelled over the passage of time, creating an incompressible gap. By playing with our perceptions, her installation builds a real bridge between soi “self” and chez soi “where the self lives”. In so doing, she invites new thinking about experiences of travel and mobility, questioning contemporary issues related to the notions of territories and borders.

La ligne, cartographie d’une distance, 2019
Base, brass wire
200 x 200 cm