Hamza Bounoua

23 November - 14 December 2008

Hamza Bounoua's work displays a particularly unique approach to the use of the Arabic letter in contemporary art as he uses plexiglas in the execution of works. Inspired by the North African glass-painting technique Mareedeen, originally practised in Tunisia and Morocco as window painting, Bounoua paints and etches onto the reverse-side of perspex, creating a glossy veneer for the surfaces of his pieces. With his art, however, Bounoua aims to create a universal visual language, drawing inspiration from a medley of cultural traditions, including the art of Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, Berber calligraphy, African tribal masks, totemic figures, graffiti, and East Asian and Arabic penmanship.