Laftmonk

Painter, sculptor and performer | France / US

Since 2013, Laftmonk, also known as Medjdoub, has been involved in the creation of social art projects that transcend cultural differences and boundaries, placing the viewers in a space of dialogue.

“In my work I bring out expressive imageries, borrowed from details and expressions instantly shared on social media, that significantly question our radical social and environmental transformation.”

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Born and raised in France from Algerian descent, visual artist, designer and social art practitioner Laftmonk  (1973) did her master in visual arts and textile in France with additional studies in sculpture at Stanford University in the US. She spent a large part of her artistic career in the US before returning to France in 2018. She mixes complex geometrical textile webbing techniques with painting, photography and collage. 

Laftmonk’s recent work focuses on the question of identity and social construction, a study she calls ID#, captivating a social psychological portrait of modern societies in the fast-paced stream of information. Her exploration takes an alternative shape between textile sculpture and painting, combining an imbricated mimesis and a constructive geometry while generating coinciding perspectives at the intersection of our realities. This results in subdued surrealistic psychological portraits clearly influenced by Francis Bacon as well as more colorful abstract images with streaks of street art and intricate textile sculptures and installations.   

As a social art practitioner, Laftmonk has developed and adapted original and collaborative workshops and public practice with diverse communities and has been a visiting artist at universities and high schools, lectured and performed in major institutions such as the De Young Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco and Global Health Equity Foundation for refugees in Bonn. 

Laftmonk has exhibited her work internationally in renowned museums and galleries, amongst which the Museum of Art and Industry André-Diligent in France; Cheongju Art Center, Korea; De Cordova Museum, Massachusetts; Santa Fe Art institute, New Mexico; Blue Star Contemporary, Texas, and at The Old Mint, San Francisco CA. Her work can be found in private collections internationally including in Los Angeles, Washington, New York, San Francisco, London and Paris. 

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Credentials

Solo exhibitions and performances

2019

Connect, Salam to Syria, Ev. Trinitatiskirchengemeinde, Bonn, Germany

The Red Vine, Dr. Moroni Stiftung für Bildung und Integration, Global Health Equity Foundation, Bonn, Germany

2018

The Red Vine, Gallery 9th Metaspace, GHEF, Bonn Germany

2017

Latifa Medjdoub & Haco: Eurythmy #1 & #2, Studio Grand Oakland & MP+D, San Francisco

2016

The Roots, Museum of Performance and Design, San Francisco CA

2015

Echoes of Nature, Pacific Felt Factory, San Francisco CA

Conversations with the Roots, Cowell Theatre, San Francisco International Arts Festival, CA

The Balcony, The Old Mint, San Francisco CA

Sublimated Masks, Museum of Performance and Design, San Francisco, CA

2014

Window Screen, 432A, Presidio Park, San Francisco, CA

Beautiful Roots, Dennis Gallagher Arts Pavilion, San Francisco CA

2013

The Fabric of the Silence, Performance Art Institute, San Francisco CA

1994

Fragments, Museum of Art and Industry, Roubaix, France

Selected group exhibitions

2019

New World, OpenArtExchange, Schiedam, The Netherlands

2017

Glean 2017, Bison Building, Furthermore Gallery, Recology Portland, OR

2015

Here, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA

Bearing Witness, International Arts Festival, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA

Transmissions, Blue Star Contemporary, San Antonio, TX2

2014

Material Matters, Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, IL

Ajax and Antigone, directed by Moise Touré and Les Inachevés, French American International School, Arts Pavillion, San Francisco CA

2012

Art and the Human Form, Blue Door Art Center, Yonkers NY

2004

Textile Art, De Cordova Museum, Lincoln, MA

2003

The world is Open, Cheongju Art Center Biennial, Korea

Manifestations III: Form and Function, Denise Bibro Gallery, New York, NY

1995

Inventaire Morceaux Choisis, Museum of Art and Industry, Roubaix, France

Selected collaborative arts & designs on stage

2015

The Balcony, The Collected Works, The Old Mint, San Francisco CA

2015

Princess Ivona, The Collected Works, Performance Art Institute, San Francisco CA

2004

The Heights, directed by Chris Terrio, Merchant Ivory Production, New York

2003

The Green Violin, directed by Rebecca Taichman, Prince Music Theater, Philadelphia PA

2000

Becket ou l’Honneur de Dieu, directed by Didier Long, Théâtre André Malraux, Paris

1999

Les Indes Galantes, directed by Andrei Serban, Opéra de Paris

Time Regained, directed by Raul Ruiz, Gemini Film, Paris

1998

La Sonnambula, directed by Waldemar Kamer, Opéra de Lausanne, Switzerland

1997

Les Enfants du Paradis, directed by Marcel Maréchal, Théâtre du Rond-Point, Paris

Inauguration of the 20 Years of Beaubourg, directed by Philippe Découflé, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris

Artistic residence and lectures

2019

OpenArtExchange, Schiedam, The Netherlands

2017

Glean, Artist in Residence, Recology, Metro, Cracked Pots, Portland, OR

Museum of performance and Design, residency supported by the Fleishhacker Foundation and Grants for the Arts

Threading Resilience, supported by APICC, Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center

2016

The Roots: Engaging with a Social Sculpture, Lecture and Practice, The Koret

Auditorium, De Young Museum, San Francisco, CA

Bay Area Emerging Museum Professionals: Therapeutics in Museums and the Arts, lecture and practice, MP&D, San Francisco CA

2015

Kala Art Institute, Sustainable Art Residency Award, Berkeley, CA

Sublimated Masks, Museum of Performance and Design, Lecture and Performance, San Francisco, CA

French American International School, visiting artist, San Francisco, CA

2014

San Francisco University High School, visiting artist, San Francisco, CA

French American International School, Artist in Residence, San Francisco, CA

2013

Performance Art Institute, Artist in Residence, San Francisco, CA

 

Publications

2019

Von Stefan Knopp, Search Methods for Trauma Management, General-Anzeiger Bonn, April 2019

2017

Eurythmy, Glean artist residency, Furthermore Gallery 2017

Eurythmy #2, MP+D, May 2017

E.Ashley Rooney, Anne Lee, Artistry in Fiber , Schiffer Publishing, 2017, Vol. 2: Sculpture

2016

The Roots: Engaging with a social sculpture, De Young Museum, 2016

Jessica Roscio, Studio Visit Magazine, Winter 2016, Vol. 36

2015

Sura Wood, Artists Explore Identity Through Portraits and Masks, SF Arts, May 2015         

Muriel Maffre, Latifa Medjdoub: Sublimated masks, French Culture, April 2015

Sura Wood, Menagerie of Deluded Souls, The Bay Area Reporter, April 2015

Kimberly Jannarone, The Balcony By Jean Genet, JHU Press, December 2015, Vol.67

Al Myra, Echoes of Nature, Pacific Felt Factory, December 2015

2013

Jamie McKenzie, A Moving Experience, SF Weekly, January 2013

2010

Teliha Draheim, Evolution and Transformation, Surface Design Journal, Winter 2010 Vol.34