Born in 1950, Najia Mehadji works between Paris and Essaouira in Morocco. The artist has been internationally recognized since the 1980s. For example, she has been exhibited in several major French museums such as the Centre Georges Pompidou or l’Institut du monde arabe as well as in Morocco at the Musée d’art moderne et contemporain Mohammed VI.
For the past ten years, the creative scope explored by Najia Mehadji is at the border between photography and digital art, between painting and writing. Her works echo the flora, she also draws her inspiration from the revealing rhythm of the drapery or even from the Sufi metaphor of the wave whose movement of ebb and flow she re-appropriates in her series Blue wave (2016), Vague ( 2017) or Chute (2018).
In her new series of paintings and large-format digital images, the artist gives a structural aspect to her gestures by energizing them: they are the Volutes, Arabesques, Mystic Dance, Enroulement, Vague, Ligne de vie. The continuous lines that result from this free gesture are so many formal proposals that allow her to appropriate, as a woman and in a personal way, the practices usually reserved for men. She thus invents a style freed from any tradition and close to performance.