HALIM KARABIBENE was born in Bizerte (Tunisia). He came to recognition in the 1990s due to his unusually sarcastic yet masterfully executed collages and oneiric paintings. Karabibene ‘s work has been widely exhibited in private institutions, museums and art-fairs around the world, including: the ifa gallery Berlin, Barjeel Foundation AUE, KLM Fondation, Museo Vittoriano Rome, Zoom Art fair Miami USA, Institut du Monde Arabe Paris, Musée d’Art Moderne Algiers, Museo Pontevedra Spain, and the Dakar Biennale 18.
Since 2007, Halim Karabibene has been pursuing a multidisciplinary performance in which he has been encouraging public authorities to inaugurate Tunisia’s first National Museum of Modern and contemporary Art (MNAMC). With a pressure cooker as symbol and form of the future Museum, Karabibene uses social networks, events and exhibitions to effectively launch this pseudo fictional museum until it sees the light. After the Tunisian revolution in 2011 the pressure cooker became the symbol of a country at boiling point and the uniform a symbol of the Don Quixote-esque committee of struggle for the protection of achievements and revolutionary dreams.
Image: Popular Committee for Protection of Memory: BLO Brigade – Parallel Traces, 2019,Etching, Transfer, Cold needle, Carborundom 100 x 125 cm