Djamel TATAH
Artistic Practice Department

“Students will develop their artistic projects by constructing the conceptual and practical bases needed to pursuing their experience and their autonomy in relation to the contemporary artistic creation context. What does one choose to represent? Why and how? These questions will structure both collective thinking on the issues of pictorial representation and individual thinking on how the student is moving to develop his or her project. Pictorial experiences in the studio will be nourished by all possible drawing techniques (observation, digital practices) and by photography or video. Regular visits to art exhibitions and  regular exchanges in the studio are aimed at constructing a thoughtful general culture and developing curiosity for art history and the history of forms and thought in connection with students’ singular projects.”

Born in 1959 in Saint-Chamond (Loire), Djamel Tatah lives and works in Bourgogne. During his studies at the École des Beaux-Arts of Saint-Étienne (1981-1986), he discovered several affinities with the formal propositions of German and English painters (Gerhard Richter, Georg Baselitz, Francis Bacon), Arte Povera (Michelangelo Pistoletto, Giovanni Anselmo) as well as with American abstractionism of the 1940s and 50s (Barnett Newman, Mark Rothko).
In 1989 he moved to Marseille where he developed a major aspect of his method of creation, involving a combination of traditional pictorial techniques (wax painting), photography and new digital technologies.
In 1996 he confirmed his choice of repeating figures as a means of experimenting with an abstract representation of contemporary man. That same year he moved to Paris, and he had his first solo show there, at the Galerie Liliane et Michel Durand Dessert, in 1999. Since then, his path has been marked by many solo and collective exhibitions: the Salamanca Arts Centre (2002), Musée de Grenoble (2004), the M.A.C, Lyon, the Museum of Canton, China (2005), Centre Pompidou (2006), the Centre d’Art Contemporain Le Parvis, Tarbes (2007), the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Nantes (2008). In that same year, some of his figures left the ground and took up positions in the airy spaces of big white paintings. Together with others, those works have been shown at the Galerie des Ponchettes, MAMAC, Nice (2009), in an exhibition entitled I Mutanti at the Villa Medicis, Rome (2010) and at the Château de Chambord (summer 2011).