Saâdane Afif Born in 1970 in Vendôme, France | Lives and works in Berlin

Saâdane Afif’s work is distinguished by an interdisciplinary methodology. His installations and sculptural works incorporate a complex interplay of fine art, lyrics, and music, while addressing the mechanisms of their creation and production.  

An integral part of his work process is Afif inviting authors to lyrically interpret his work and often displaying these poetic reflections in the form of wall texts next to his sculptural objects. The texts are in turn set to music, frequently performed live at the beginning of an exhibition, and published as an album. In a constant and potentially open-ended process of transformation, Afif succeeds in creating an exciting web of allusions and references in which the boundaries of genre and medium are sensually surmounted by involving authors, musicians, and performers. This cooperation expands the space for reference in his work and becomes quasi a playful contemplation of the medium of exhibition and the production of art itself.

For example, in The Museum of Perfect Man(2009), five of Afif’s bronze sculptures were illuminated one after the other; the duration of their illumination corresponding to the length of the five pieces of music that Rainer Lericolais had composed in response to an exhibition of Afif’s work in Moscow. The sculptures are in turn Afif’s interpretation of these pieces of music.


bis 1998 École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Nantes
bis 1995 École des Beaux-Arts, Bourges


2009 Prix Marcel Duchamp, Paris
2006 Prix International d’Art Contemporain de la Fondation Prince Pierre, Monaco
2005 Prix de la Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco, Monaco
2002 Preis der Villa Medicis Hors les Murs, Glasgow

Solo exhibition (selection)

2012 Anthologie de l'humour noir, MMK Zollamt, Frankfurt
2011 The Fairytale Recordings, RaebervonStenglin, ZĂĽrich, Switzerland
The Fairytale Recordings,Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin
2010 A lecture, a recording & few witnesses, OPA, Guadalajara, Mexiko
Saâdane Afif – Anthologie de l’humour noir, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
2009 Feedback, EACC Espai d’Art Contemporani de Castelló, Spain
2008 Technical Specifications, Witte de With, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Two..., Frac des Pays de la Loire, Salle Jean-François Tadei, Carquefou, France
One, Frac Basse-Normandie, Caen, France
2006 Power Chords, Cité de la Musique, Paris, France
2005 Lyrics, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
One Million BPM, Cimaise et portique, Albi, France
2004 Melancholic Beat, Museum Folkwang, Essen
2003 King plants and dirty roads, Art 34 Basel/Art Statements, Switzerland
Memory Lost, Villa Arson, Nice, France

Group exibitions (selection)

2011 French Window: Contemporary French Art Scene / Seen through the Marcel Duchamp Prize,
Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Echoes, Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris, France
Lumière noire. Neue Kunst aus Frankreich, Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe
2010 Ins Blickfeld gerückt, Institut Français de Berlin, Berlin
Perpetual Battles, Baibakov Art Projects, Moskau, Russland
Morality, Witte de With, Rotterdam, Netherlands
The Moon is an Arrant Thief, The David Roberts Art Foundation, London, Great Britain
Seconde Main, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Digne-les-Bains, France
De Leur Temps 3 – Le Prix Marcel Duchamp, Musée d’Art moderne et contemporain, Strasbourg / Fonds régional d’art contemporain Alsace, Sélestat, France
Le bénéfice du doute en fables et en photographies, Hôtel Fontfreyde – Centre Photographique, Clermont-Ferrand, France