YASSIR AMAZINE (1975, BELGIUM)
Yassir Amazine doesn’t wish to communicate on his life outside his creative work at the studio of Luc Mondry and Nicole Babbles at La Clairière. He makes drawings with black, red and blue ballpoint pens, in order to create repetitive and violent lines. He uses his pen like a weapon, as if he himself was fighting a combat, and every line is like a scalpel that defaces the white of the paper. The lines cross each other with such density that he only needs to continue drawing a little while longer to cover the entire paper with ink.
The liberating energy of one line is combined with another incoming line that suffocates it. A scary view of quicksand: the more you try to escape the more you are pulled in. The brutal gestures, feverishness and anger are scarier than the war scenes themselves. Even though Amazine is not looking for a certain model, there are certain recurring topics: the sun, a home, a mosque, an aeroplane, a car and a guitar. Everything seems to be a major chaos but when the image is finished, a certain cohesion has been created.
1) Ballpoint pen on paper © Collection ABCD, Montreuil
2) Ballpoint pen on paper © Collection ABCD, Montreuil
3) Ballpoint pen on paper © Collectie de Stadshof, Utrecht