Selma Feriani Gallery was established during early 2013 in Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia and represents emerging and mid-career artists from the MENA region and the globe. The gallery is housed in a 1960’s former convent located at the heart of Sidi Bou Said in Tunisia; the open courtyard of the original building remains a central exhibiting feature of the space.
Over the years, the gallery has set up critically and publicly successful solo and group shows as well as staged public interventions internationally. Selma Feriani Gallery aims to discover exceptional young artists and moreover support their career development over the long term run. We see our gallery as a space where artists and their body of work can be discovered, investigated, nurtured and then placed.
The body of artists’ work represented is predominantly concept-based aiming towards expressive or descriptive content. These young artists represent an attitude, and an ethos concerning the role of art in a wider intellectual, cultural, social and political context; constantly challenging the boundaries of visual art to express their interpretation of the contemporary art scene as well as questioning the fraught and kinetic era we live in.
The guiding principles in selecting an artist have been an instinctive conviction about the importance or potential of their work and a perception that they are leaders within their chosen field of endeavour. Thus there is no stylistic or generational thread running through the program but strong elements of aesthetic and intellectual stimulation. Furthermore, our goal also extends to closely work side by side with international museums and non- commercial institutions in view to develop long-term critical appreciation of our artists’ body of work.
Selma Feriani Gallery continues to attend high profile international art fairs such as Art Basel in both Basel and Hong Kong, Art Dubai, Paris Photo, ABC Berlin, Drawing Now in Paris and 1:54 in London; presenting groundbreaking on-site projects in order to achieve maximum exposure and critical appreciation. Finally, our portfolio of artists are invited to participate at biennials (Venice, Sao Paulo, Sharjah and Vienna amongst other) and their body of work continue to be added to major private and museum collections such as the New Museum in New York, LACMA in Los Angeles, Tate Modern and British Museum in London, Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris to name a few.