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Massinissa Selmani, Entre le ciel et moi #2 (Between the Sky and Me #2), 2017, graphite and colored pencil on paper, 41 1/2 x 31 1/2". From the series “Entre le ciel et moi,” 2017.

Massinissa Selmani

Galerie Anne-Sarah Bénichou

Massinissa Selmani, Entre le ciel et moi #2 (Between the Sky and Me #2), 2017, graphite and colored pencil on paper, 41 1/2 x 31 1/2". From the series “Entre le ciel et moi,” 2017.

For his exhibition “Les choses que vous faites m’entourent” (The Things You Do Surround Me), Massinissa Selmani presented drawings from four series created over the past three years. A sense of suspension and disorientation hovers over these works. Clearly, the artist has learned the Surrealists’ lessons about the hidden subversive power in the most ordinary things, and about art’s potential to break open even the toughest outer skin of reality. One strategy, which Selmani uses in the “Promesses” (Promises) series, 2017, is juxtaposition, in which the artist combines two everyday scenes in order to create vignettes that seem possible, if not plausible, yet at the same time touched by irony or even on the verge of sliding into nonsense.

Selmani’s tiny figures, drawn with delicate strokes that dispense with any gestural quality, are rendered with great realism, although they rarely

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