Born in Tunisia in 1983, Haythem Zakaria is a France-based transdisciplinary artist. Profoundly influenced by cosmogony and spirituality, his work is a constant experimentation of the possible conjunction of various systems and disciplines (sociology, economy, ethnography, etc.). In 2018, he won the Grand Prize of the Japan Media Arts Festival.
By basing his aesthetic practice on a transdisciplinary approach, Zakaria uses a considerable variety of tools and techniques. He explores, at each time, new methods in a continuous quest of archetypal figures, via new technologies (interactive programming, installations, different types of sensors, etc) but also through more classic mediums (photography, video, drawing, sculpture,...).
The art of Haythem Zakaria is prolix, exploring diverse forms, disciplines and fields of research, leaning on philosophical, mythological and theological references and readings.
Interstices Opus II - AfriKIKK
While “Opus I” captures the static desert’s landscape, “Opus II” catches the dynamic marine expanse. As a result of the videos digital process, this installation project reveals a “meta-landscape” that goes beyond the original landscape. The title “Interstices” refers to the Latin word interstitium (inter for “between” and sistere as “to stand, to place”). It relates to the idea of intervals both of space and time. The horizontal black and white footage of the landscape is layered with monochromatic geometries (squares, rectangles, straight lines) and intermittent natural sounds (wind, waves, etc.). These elements reveal the order and the rhythm hidden within the nature. These images were captured in the North African Sahara of Tunisia, the homeland of the artist. A place that faces political and international issues such as the flow of migrants trying to reach Europe, facing the borders obstacle and the extreme conditions of this crossing. Yet this work shows no trace of any human presence or social activity, focusing only on the images of nature, a nature that shows an internal order and harmony. The video, in which time and space are shown as abstractions while human activities remain absent, questions the essence of land and landscape.