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Art Talk by Youri Visser-Benazeraf

Youri, a French visual artist currently based in Berlin, is another artist who has replied to my open call. He draws his paintings upon Minimalism & Arte Povera. Using the technique of first tearing a canvas and then stiching it back together leaving a dominant scar on the canvas has become a core subject of his artworks.

Apart from using raw and plain materials the artist gradually adds pigment to create a series called Nobel Material because he wants to reduce everything unnecessary in his artworks .

The artist shares his interpretation of a complex idea in reparation of the world based on his readings of texts in Kabala. From my point of view that is a very intriguing point as well as the reason why I have chosen his artwork.

The idea of breaking something in order to fix it has made me think. Do you have to destroy the past to make it whole again? Even if you restore it, the scars will be visible forever.

Moreover, taking into consideration Foucault's writings about documents as monuments of the past and monuments as the documents of the past. Why do we have to dismantle the pillars of the past to understand them?

I hope that you will enjoy the art talk as much as I did and I would like to thank Youri Visser-Benazeraf for taking part in my project Art Talks by Artists. Feel free to log in and watch the art talk.

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