Born in 1982 in Tunis, Ali Tnani is a Tunisian contemporary artist based in Tunis. He is currently in residence in Zürich (Prohelvetia/Gleis70). He received his Masters in 2007 from the Institut Supérieur des Beaux-arts of Tunis and has since exhibited widely and participated in international residency programs.
Trace, space, data, etc, are some of the keywords that gravitate around his artistic practice. While Tnani has an affinity with the visual medium, his practice extends to sound works, computer programming and theoretical research. In recent years, he has developed an experimental mode of practising drawing (using tools such as the modified vacuum cleaner, converging with computer code and inventing fictions), a conceptual mode where the presentation of these drawings is often associated with networked, sculptural or photographic installations. There was a time in his artistic practice when he turned to the documentary approach. This new direction has adopted different media ranging from photography, documentary drawing, network installation and finally the documentary film.
He has participated in various solo and group exhibitions internationally, including the 2nd Bienalsur (Argentina), the 13th Biennial of Dakar, B7L9 - The Kamel Lazaar Foundation (Tunisia), Cinema Galeries in Brussels, Rencontres internationales Paris/Berlin (Video Library), Elmarsa Gallery in Tunis and in Dubaï, Château d’Oiron (France), La Terrasse - Nanterre art space (France), Le18 in Marrakech, the 22nd KKNK arts festival (South Africa), Glassbox (artist-run-space in Paris), the Musée du Bardo and the Musée de Carthage in Tunis, Papelart - the Plateforme de création contemporaine in Paris, the 5th Marrakech Biennial, AGorgi gallery in Tunis, La Boite - contemporary art space (Tunisia) and the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Mons (Belgium).