January 28, 2016

paintings November 2015

Envol, acrylique sur toile, 60X90 cm 
oiseaux bleu, acrylique sur toile 40X60 cm   
Buverteta, acrylique sur toile, 60X90 cm 
Rikha, acrylique sur bois, 20X30 cm
Zaida I, acrylique sur bois, 20X30 cm
Zaida II, acrylique sur bois, 20X30 cm
Zueinoua, acrylique sur bois, 20X30 cm
melhefas, acrylique sur isorel, 20X20 cm

'douceur et ardeur'
une recherche autour du voile et du mouvement

''Octobre 2014, je commence un travail de recherche autour de la danse féminine Maure.
Le ''melhefa'', voile vaporeux et fluide que les femmes du Sahara portent, est utilisé différemment selon les mouvements de la danse.
C'est cette recherche de mouvement que j'ai voulue travailler.
Peintre de paysages et de portraits, plutôt de l'inertie.
Comment j'aborde ce projet? Je dessine, je croque, je danse, écoute la musique et je peins.

Exposition à l'IFM de Nouakchott novembre 2015

January 26, 2016

Music in Nouakchott, Chinese à la Ancienne Maison des Jeunes

Ambiance et dance, ancienne Maison des Jeunes

Nouvel année Chinois

les troupes de Mongolie
Loud and colorful and full of an enthusiastic audience (mostly composed by Mauritanians) the show organized by the Chinese Embassy to commemorate the Chinese New Year - the year of the monkey - was a winner. And an occasion to keep experimenting pencils on this special paper made of 80% calcium carbonate that comes from limestone recovered from quarries and from building Industry waste, the other 20% if you're wondering are from non-toxic resins.

Music in Nouakchott, Hassani at Fondation Malouma

Mohamed O Hambare et Lale avec l'ardine

Make O Dendeni avec le tidinit

Sedoum O Beybou O Eide et sa soeur qui répare la corde de l'ardine

musicians at Fondation Malouma

Ghady et Dilite N'gdhey et Lale Teneykmiche

Malouma et l'ambassadeur
What a delight to hear to some bits of live music by these extraordinary musicians from the old schools of 'Trarza', 'Tagant' and the 'deux Hodhs'. 
The 'Fondation Malouma produced this double CD with traditional songs from the Hassani culture.
 Having been transmitted from generation to generation orally for centuries is now the work of the Fondation to put that knowledge in written. They have been having the Financial support of the AFAC and of musiciens like Mike Harting.

January 05, 2016

Ouadane sans Festival de Villes Anciennes II

Mobile dentistes were present for a week and young and old came everyday to solve their problems. The mobile unit is part of the program run by the ONG Le Sothiou - unité dentaire mobile , an Italien touriste which is a dentiste also helped out as an assistant. While the dental unity at the medical Center of Ouadane is not equipped to do a lot of work, the Small bus from the ONG is ready to do any kind of operation.

Dr Baidy Lô and Dr Anami Villa at the medical center of Ouadane 
Dr lô, Dr Villa and assistant Baba in the mobile dental bus.
Armel was another of the visitors we met at Ouadane he was travelling with his mother and really enjoying the trip.

Armel from Vesoil
Another visitor was Hayou, she came from the town of Zouerate to see the Festival and ended up helping her cousin Zaida in the kitchen of the Auberge Vasque.

Hayou from Zouerate

preparing the onion sauce

Ouadane, sans festival de villes Anciennes

Every year we leave Nouakchott at the end of December and spend sometime relaxing and enjoying the change in the small Oasis of Ouadane in the Adrar.

The Souk and Landrover

Music, meeting new people, seeing our friends and visiting the oasis close to Ouadane fill our journeys.

Musique from Oualata

Young girls singing in a small grocery

wedding with dancer

dancing and video recording

dancers and young men in the roof terrace
Singing in the market
I normally dont sketch a lot in Ouadane but this year I finished the sketch book I brought in 5 days. I was given a very beautiful one in rice paper by Japanese photographer Chizuko Kato who's been travelling in Mauritania every year since 2002 you can see her work here

Chizuko Kato and her guide Eylia
Like every year we meet plenty of people who travel through all Mauritania, solo or with a guide or with friends. This year we met for the first time Jacques Bonnet an 80 year old french man that has been living in Chinguetty (another well known oasis in the Adrar) for the last 20 years. He's the owner of two camels and he moves around by foot in the company of his camel driver, Nefa.

Jacques Bonnet, chamelier de Chinguetti
He loves going to the Festival's by camel and it took him one week form Chinguetti to Ouadane as there was lots of grass and they let their camels graze. When the Festival is in Oualata it takes him 40 days to arrive there and another 40 days to get back.

Jacques and Nefa, camel drivers
the camel's of Jacques and Nefa

December 18, 2015

Art Watch Africa conference at Hotel Wissal

More activistes, journalists and bloggers than artists at the workshop but very interesting Conference.
Vous pouvez découvrir plus ici en français and in english here

December 15, 2015

musique traditionnel sur la khaima

Aicha mint Abba

Alya mint Meidah


December 02, 2015

Las Palmas, western coast

aeroporte Nkc

aeroporte Nkc

After 4 months perspiring in the heat and humidity of Nouakchott while working for my painting exhibition (photos soon) I was ready to get away even if it was only for a week. Relax, a bit of cool weather but not cold and this urge to see my father before one of us departs made for a perfect occasion to visit Canary Islands. easy to get for both of us.

Casa Rural El Junquillo

Even if for my dad, an ideal holiday would have been the seaside so that he could swim all day and enjoy a 'latte' in a Café by the sea front reading a newspaper and watching the people go by, he knew I wanted green and as far as possible from over developed mass tourism.
So he rented this beautiful small cottage in the mountains in the middle of nowhere and we almost got lost trying to find it in the first night.

market day, Teror

tree in Teror

The weather was like, drizzle and small rain with the occasional rain burst up in the mountains and sunny with a few clouds down in the coast just a few kilometers away, perfect for me not that much rain or drizzle in Mauritania, temperatures between 19ºC and 23 ºC.
It was still raining in the drawing with the tree but fathers move a lot more faster and won't be waiting for daughters to finish drawings unless smoking a cigar.

houses in the rocks, Puerto Sardina

Puerto sardina

visiting Cueva Pintada


Galdar an Sardina

Everyday we left our confortable 'home' in the mountains and leisurely discovered the western Coast of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Small towns, valleys and cliffs. good food and cheeses and this amazing mild temperature.

Puerto Agaete

fish traps in Agaete

We did go one day to the Southern part of the Island so that my father could have a swim but we did go to the mountain again for lunch and that was good.

man in trunks with mobile and Mogan 
quick sketches and Portillo


And for our last day the town of Arucas, were the remains of the wealth (and destruction- for a period of a hundred years trees where being cut down to allow for the functioning of all the sugar process with caldrons boiling for 24h00 ) brought to the Islands by the sugar cane and banana Industry are still visible in the beautiful mansions that surround the town and in the landscape where banana' fields take the most part of arable land.

Arucas, La Catedral

Arucas, against violence towards women