Half Flying Exhibition from Yassine Balbzioui – One Foot Off the Ground

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Half Flying exhibition, Mey’s experience

I’m not one to review arts. Apart from my short stint with an art/music magazine almost ten years ago, I’ve been mostly working in nature conservation and environmental issues. So, when I receive the invitation to attend the private viewing of Yassine Balbzioui’s arts, an opening to his ‘Half Flying’ exhibition in Berlin, I am rather intimidated by the idea of going to an art gallery AND meeting the artist .
I read about him beforehand and try to educate myself as much as possible before going to the exhibition, like any good audience would do. But art is not something to learn or memorise, not even the artists. I go there, having read things but none the wiser about Yassine Balbzioui and his arts.

Yellow boy, the face of Half flying

‘Yellow Boy’ is the painting I looked for the moment I enter the gallery. Not that I have any special connection with it, but because the narrative behind it is stuck in my mind after reading about it somewhere in my online research. The excitement is real; I’ve read about you, boy, and now I’m going to see you in person. Never have I thought I would be this excited about a painting.

© Photography: Amanie Magazine / Art: Yassine Balbzioui

‘Enchanté’ to meet the artist

Meeting Yassine the artist himself is another whole of experience. I’m not sure what kind of conversation we can carry together -if any, I don’t expect he would spare any more than a few words for me in his big night-, as we come from two very different worlds.
He talks about his paintings -a lot and fast, which sometimes concerns even himself, worrying that I might not get him-. He takes his time answering my question about his work that he holds dearest in his heart (‘Waiting for Action Movie’, 2018). I might not be able to relate to many of his ideas, but the energy that he exudes draws me in, and the more I listen to him, the more I see not only paintings and videos, but ideas and narratives they come from.
Yassine Balbzioui ‘Half Flying’ exhibition at Kirstin Hjellegjerde Gallery, Berlin is still ongoing.

from Mey, team manager and assistant