Born in 1951, ceramicist, sculptor, and painter Khaled Ben Slimane is considered one of the most outstanding contemporary ceramists in the world today. Between 1977 and 1979, he studied at the Fine Arts and Architecture School of Tunis and at the Escuela Massana in Barcelona. This latest body of work, including paintings on paper, canvas and wood as well as ceramic pieces, highlights Ben Slimane’s multi-disciplinary practice. As the title suggests, the exhibition represents a continuation in the artist’s exploration of spirituality. This aspect formally links him to predecessors in the Maghreb modern art tradition, Aly Ben Salem (1910-2001) and Abdelkader Guermaz (1919-1996), the two artists in Elmarsa’s concurrent exhibition at Art Dubai Modern 2017. Ben Slimane invokes Sufism literally through his graphic repetition in a distinctive new style that distills diverse international influences. The combination of graffiti-like scrawl, Japanese influenced calligraphy and slashes of color come together to create an effect that transcends barriers between the spiritual and mundane worlds that are equally invoked in his works.