Malika Sqalli, a Moroccan-Austrian artist who resides in London, Sqalli oscillates between photography, animations and poetry, in order to discover the body, being an infinite field of her investigations.
As part of her exposition at Le Cube – independent art room, Malika Sqalli presents her series Peepholes and Virtual Biology.
Executed in 2006, Peepholes is an animated fresco where the artist tackles the relation between the observer and the observed, between the eye and the interposing showcase glass. Looking at it from a broad perspective, the body becomes but a tool, an instrument for creation. It is extremely malleable, but also limited in its organic aspect; it is circled inside the cell.
Furtively captured, as if through a peephole, these stolen images question voyeurism, voluntary or unconscious, in an era where body representation in media opens a complex debate.
Created in 1999, the series of photographs Virtual Biology shows the fascination that Malika Sqalli has for sciences, biology and the body cells, in particular. The artist is attempting to create some kind of magical world that is beaming of life.
These compositions, being abstract, comprised of saturated colors and aesthetically refined, carry an omnipresent interrogation to the truthfulness of what we see. Even if distorted, reality could be taken for truth, and that which is important may seem infinitely minor. However, no direction is given to orient the eye. It is rather an invitation for anyone to project their own vision, just like an answer that is both, unique and universal to: what is this? What do you see?