Moley Talhaoui in conversation with Sarah Forman
The #LockdownEditions are a Delphian-run initiative to support some of our favourite contemporary artists during these difficult and unprecedented times. Throughout the remainder of the quarantine measures, we will be releasing a new print each week, with all of the profits going directly to the artists themselves. This week, we’re excited to feature our second artist, Moley Talhaoui, who we spoke to about annual quarantines, social felonies and democratising platforms.
To support Moley Talhaoui and artists like him, browse the prints HERE
Sarah: Tell us a bit about yourself and your practice.
Moley Talhaoui: My name is Moley Talhaoui, I’m a painter born and raised in Sweden.
S: Where are you based and how has the current global health crisis affected your day-to-day?
MT: I’m Based in Stockholm. The situation seems to be unique for Sweden, in comparison to the rest of the world. The Swedish health minister and his people have come to the conclusion that full quarantine is overrated and that all the other nations are wrong…so much hasn’t changed if you’re looking at how people move around the city. All places for socialising are closed and we’re not allowed to meet up more with than 50 people at a time. But we usually quarantine from September to April anyway. That’s part of our culture and social distancing is the default. You’re not well assimilated in the north if your impulse is to enter someone’s personal space – invading that is a social felony.
On a more personal level, I’ve had to cancel my next exhibition and there’s not much at present to hold onto on the bumpy road into the unknown future. Luckily for me, my only demand on life is the ability, or freedom really, to do what I do: paint. And that hasn’t changed. I work underground, no windows and no neighbours. I need solitude to fully focus. I’ve had people ask about my lack of access to daylight and how it affects finding the perfect, right color or what not, but Sweden is eight months of no light then four month of the extreme opposite…so I guess you could say I’ve managed to do without it.
S: In what ways have you changed how you work and/or what you’re working on?
MT: I paint more, maybe a bit more freely. This situation is serious and even if the Swedish authorities may look at it as an overreaction on the part of the rest of the world, I don’t. I guess the concept of mortality has become more vivid, and my will, my motivation amplified as a consequence of all this. I feel a sense of urgency. Life for many, or any, may soon not be a reality anymore. Death is fundamental in my work, or has been the last few years, even though “life” is slowly walking back into the center of my own narrative.
S: How have you seen your community affected by the current COVID-19 crisis? Inside and outside the art world?
MT: I have no community, but I guess in the same ways that I have. What I have seen from social media is an uprising of more democratic solutions, like online exhibitions and prints, which is good. I think this will maybe loosen up and change the predominant structure leading the industry. The increased speed of digital formats may set up some new rules that could be more beneficial for the majority, rather than for the few. But, I don’t know, something good will hopefully come out of it. Let’s just hope it’s for the ones that need it the most, not so much those already thriving.
S: Can you talk to us a little bit about this print and why you chose it?
MT: I don’t know, it just somehow matches the time were in, with or without COVID-19. We find so much brilliance in individuals, but as a collective, we’re limited. Humanity is a beautiful thing, don’t get me wrong. Love is real and hate is the same as fear, but none of these feelings exclude stupidity. I say this from a humble place, like, not stupidity as a choice, but just the way we are in our nature. We celebrate life, which is nature, by devouring it. All this around us is meant to be free and for us, yet we like to package it, claim it to be from some imaginary place. Life and nature are free, and all it wants from us is for us to take care of it.
S: Do you feel there’s a certain pressure to respond to what’s going on in the world right now? If so, what does that look like?
MT: Honestly, I’m not so well read on gallery activity. From what I can see on my Instagram feed, there are some more online exhibitions and things like that, but I’m not sure to what extent that has changed since the pandemic started. It’s not a new idea. The account “workbyfriends”, from what I have seen, is like a solidarity-oriented base for artists to make work easily available and affordable, which is a good thing. Delphian of course with this generous project have stepped up, and Beers London are doing some very interesting physical/virtual exhibitions, like the one with Jan Sebastian and his harmonious paintings.
Yngspc is doing some really interesting projects too.
S: Have you seen initiatives taking place that really scare you? Excite you?
MT: I have not.
To learn more about the artists involved in the project, read Sarah’s conversation with B.D. Graft HERE
#LockdownEditions is NOW LIVE!
As we’re sure you’re aware, this pandemic is having a profound effect upon artists everywhere. Whilst we (as a small gallery) aren’t able to help everyone, we think it’s important to support our artists in whatever way we can.
The lack of a regular income is made doubly trying when twinned with an economic downturn that has no immediate end date in sight. Artists not only have to pay rent for their homes during this but also the rent for their studios.
Galleries are struggling too, as the high overheads that come with having a gallery space and staff need paying regardless. Times are tough for everyone.
We at Delphian are in a fortunate situation at present, as not having a permanent gallery space or any staff, our overheads are much smaller than those crippling so many others.
From the very start, we wanted Delphian to be a catalyst for a new way of working.
The one overarching aim present in everything we do is to use our platform to support these emerging artists whose work we are so excited by, in whatever ways we can.
For the reasons outlined above, we think that now is a time that galleries like us need to step-up.
For the duration of this lockdown, we will be releasing a new print each week, from some of our favourite contemporary artists.
We will not be taking a share of the profits for these prints.
After the nominal print costs have been accounted for, the remaining ~90% goes directly to the artists themselves. We won’t be taking a penny.
Artists need our help now more than ever. #LockdownEditions is our way of trying to counter some of the negative impacts this lockdown is having.
To learn more, and to buy prints, please click HERE
For more editions from Delphian Gallery, click HERE
Prints from Kevin Perkins and Igor Moritz NOW AVAILABLE
The two prints from our show A Long Way From Home by Kevin Perkins and Igor Moritz are NOW AVAILABLE.
- Limited edition print run of 15 pieces.
- Supplied with certificate of authenticity to provide limited edition provenance.
- Size – 30X40cm including a small white border for easy framing.
- Archival Giclée print with an archival lifespan of up to 200 years.
- Presented on Hahnemühle Photo Rag premium Fine Art paper.
- A slightly off white, matt finish paper with guaranteed archival properties. The paper gives muted blacks with even colour reproduction, and excellent detail. It has a minimal texture and a chalky smooth cotton feel which creates smooth colour gradients.
- Printed in the UK.
- Global shipping available.
To purchase these prints, please follow THIS LINK
To see photos of the Open Call, in which Igor was exhibited, please go HERE
To see photos of Obscurely Prophetic, in which Kevin was exhibited, please go HERE