Connotation 2014

The title of this exhibition “Connotation” perfectly captures the complex relationship between images and words. The connotation is difficult to define because it is the set of elements of a sign and is not only a reduced literal meaning.

 Signs or words that have the meaning
“denoted” can be found in the dictionary. Some portraits of public figures or popular icons in this exhibition represent simple reproductions of images drawn from internet.

We can talk about ownership or recuperation
images rather than “traditional portraits”, because I do not paint from a life model- but a more picture-based one. It is the relationship between
the subject and the calligraphy that gives birth to the tension, humor and
cynicism. Even the appearance of the text that forms the image is unreadable.
The Arabic language creates ambiguity in the image and is put into a new
context and several interpretations are then made possible.

Always in search of new topics, I have come
across the research of networks – the social communication “meme”. I
find these inspiring images as a ‘just add text’ of our choice- for the connection to emotion or the sentiment expressed by the image, presenting
endless possibilities.

Zakaria Ramhani