[Interview] Amal Boujemaoui

Can you describe yourself in a few words? How did you become an artist?

I’m a very meticulous person; I really care for details and strive for perfection when I do something that I take to heart.

Since I was a child, I have had a passion for drawing. I was quite good at it too and during the last years of my studies, I understood that I could go beyond the techniques. That was the concept.

Can you tell us about your artistic approach? What is the message behind your works?

Since ancient times, drawing has been the preparatory step for a greater work. My aim is not to approach drawing as a preparatory step but to impose it as a work in its own work. In the digital and hyper communication era, we can have a global or focused vision of the world thanks to the Internet, which opened up an inexhaustible source of information. I really like the idea that everybody can be connected with everything. That’s what I want to express with my drawings. I want to break down the geographical and time barriers: the geographical barriers because I rely and interpret symbols and products from all over the world; and the time barriers because I don’t hesitate to mix contemporary imagery with ancestral arts.

Most of your works are in black and white, why?

The answer is in the technique I use. With black and white, it is sometimes easier and more interesting to get to the essence and create striking works with a powerful contrast.

Where does your inspiration come from?

Any artist or specific work you particularly admire? I really like Da Vinci’s landscapes. Currently, I don’t identify with any other artist in terms of techniques, because the artists I admire are the ones who are able to steer clear from representing the reality; in other words, the artists who dare to take risks, like Ryan Hewett.

Some people describe your art as « dark », how do you react to these kinds of comments?

It’s better to exteriorize this very nature rather than keeping it inside. It’s like passing wind, it’s better to let it out than to keep it in.

Can you tell us about your previous exhibitions? What did you gain from your experiences?

Each exhibition is an opportunity to take stock of the situation and put it into question in order to make sure I’m in line with my values and guidelines.

What are your projects for the future?

To discover, produce and teach more art.