When Saâdane Afif was awarded the prestigious Günther-Peill Prize in 2012, he ended up in Düren, a small provincial town in North Rhine-Westphalia. He used this location as an opportunity to reflect on the idea of 'Here' (Ici)' and 'There' (Là-bas). Afif transported Dürens station lights together with the loudspeakers and platform announcements into the museum setting. He invited friends to write songs on the themes of 'Here' and 'There' and designed two posters for Ici. and Là-bas. the titles of the two-part multimedia installation. Ici. was shown in the Leopold-Hoesch-Museum & Papiermuseum Düren and Là-bas. at the 8th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art and in the Kunsthaus Glarus in Switzerland. The two-part artist book includes views of the installation, the fifteen lyrics by different poets, and essays by Diedrich Diedrichsen, Juan A. Gaitán, and Rein Wolfs on the French conceptual artists way of working.
Published by Moderne Kunst Nürnberg. Edited by Susanne Gaensheimer, Eva Huttenlauch. Text by Eva Huttenlauch, Nana Oforiattaayim, Adam Kleinman, Regula Tschumi, Patrick Moran, Patrick Gendrel.
Exploring African influences on modernist avant-gardes, Saâdane Afif (born 1970) riffs on André Bretons anthology of the same name for this catalogue accompanying his show at MMK Zollamt. For the show, Afif built a coffin based on a Ghanian memento mori, and invited artists and critics to respond.
Published by Witte de With Publishers. Text by Ina Blom, Daniel Baumann.
Taking off from Saâdane Afif's 2008 Witte de With exhibition Technical Specifications, this volume examines the artist's practice in relation to music. In addition to tracing the evolution and reconfigurations of the works in the show, it includes documentation of Afif's radio show, 53:56--which broadcast related words and songs.
Published by JRP|Ringier. Edited by Valérie Chartrain. Foreword by The Princess Of Hanover. Text by André Cadere, Jörg Heiser.
Displacement and contrast, classification and the unclassifiable, toys--Saâdane Afif is one of the most inventive contemporary artists working in France, and his work, which employs objects, scale models, sound and writing, can transform an installation into a song, an André Cadere sculpture into a lightshow or a guitar into a clock.