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Adel Abdessemed

Private Listing , 2010

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About the artist

Adel Abdessemed

Adel Abdessemed (born 1971) is an Algerian conceptual artist whose upbringing, surrounded by political terror and violence between the government and guerilla factions, shaped his artistic production and career. He left his home country in 1994 to attend the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts in Lyon due to the violence back home, and eventually moved to New York City for a residency with MoMA PS1. Abdessemed is a conceptual artist whose work spans drawing, video, photography, installation, and sculpture. He creates provocative and oftentimes violent works of art influenced by his exposure to the Gulf War and its global impact. Creating situations based on certain actions, he then documents them with video, photography, and later with a sculptural reminder of the action. Drawing on these personal, political, and historical narratives, Abdessemed has had controversy as a result of his work, yet he maintains that he is attempting to expose the harsh realities of systemic violence and does so with sensitivity. Despite the controversy, Abdessemed has become a renowned figure in the international art world, becoming the youngest artist in history to be given a solo retrospective at the Pompidou Center in 2013 for his exhibition Je Suis Innocent. His work has also been exhibited at four Venice Biennales, won the Benesse Prize in 2007, at two Biennales in Istanbul, in the Biennales of Havana, Gwangju, Lyon, and São Paulo.

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