Aïcha Hamu

Born in 1974

Lives and works in Nice

Represented by Galerie Catherine Issert, Saint-Paul de Vence

Aïcha Hamu is developing a multi-faceted oeuvre involving an abundance of images and forms where the question of the drawing often has an underlying importance, be it in her early drawings with henna, her applied laceworks (Nosferatu, Black Bird), erosions on satin (Ideal Chorus), the series Hyphen and Phantom) her installations like Sans titre (Pop Corn) and her latest work (Sans titre) shown in the Musée Picasso at Vallauris, she tries to highlight the tricks of what lies outside the frame: a shadow borrowed from German Expressionist cinema, portraits of female killers all incarnated in film, death flirting with the ecstasy of shamanic trances, and leather carcasses hoisted upwards by theatre machinery inside a laicized chapel. Among these propositions which all involve the idea of transcendence: And That's Just What They'll Do. From her latest journey to the United States she brought back these boots on view in a display case at the Country Hall of Fame in Nashville, like the remnants of a party which took place the day before. Once again, what is pinpointed is not what is presented but what has happened and is still happening beyond that display case. Those who are acquainted with Lee Hazlewood's song written for Nancy Sinatra know that those boots are made for walking, and this is visibly what Hank Williams III (as is shown by the card on the photo) has done his utmost to do during 21 years on a stage which worked like a conveyor belt watching his audience file pass.

Biographical notes translated with the support of the Centre national des arts plastiques - Cnap.