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Surfaces © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Surfaces © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Surfaces © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Surfaces © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Surfaces © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Surfaces © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Surfaces © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Surfaces © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Surfaces © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Surfaces © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Surfaces © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Surfaces © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Surfaces © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Surfaces © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Surfaces © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Surfaces © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

 

Presentation

  • The exhibition Surfaces brings together all ten bas-reliefs created by Adel Abdessemed between 2013 and 2015, most of which have never been shown to the public. With those works, that vary in size from the very large—almost three meters long—to the very small—no more than thirty centimeters—the artist aims to show us scenes that have become invisible in our society of images. Using noble materials—Carrara marble, gold leaf, Siwa salt, Belgian black marble—and more mundane ones—resin, plaster, terra cotta—Adel Abdessemed focuses on the idea of a resurgence towards the surface. From the hanging of Saddam Hussein to the execution of Ceaușescu and the tanks in Tiananmen Square, the great events of contemporary history are here turned into sculptures so we can see them anew. Alongside those visual analyses of the human condition, more intimate images appear; images that seem to exist outside of time and invite us to wonder what it means to exist within the density of the present.

    Adel Abdessemed
    Adel Abdessemed (born 1971) is an artist. His work is about the big issues of the modern world, be they political, personal, or aesthetic, transposing them into the field of art: he uses drawing and video, sculpture and installations. The materials he uses transmute to create a unique formal experience, always in relation to the world—what he calls an “act.” His work has been exhibited in many prestigious institutions, in France and abroad: he has taken part in three Venice Biennales (2003, 2007, and 2015), as well as in the Lyon (2009), Havana (2009), Sydney (2010), Istanbul (2007), and Tirana (2005) Biennales, and in the Yokohama Triennale (2001). He has had shows in the Collection Lambert for the Maeght Fondation in Venice in 2015, the Centre Georges Pompidou in 2012, the MIT List Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 2008, and at the MoMA PS1 New York in 2007. He has long collaborated with several poets and intellectuals.

  • Distribution

    Exhibition and program designed in dialogue with Donatien Grau

    Production

    Courtesy Adel Abdessemed
    Realisation Festival d'Avignon

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