Zoulikha Bouabdellah is a French-Algerian artist, working and living in Casablanca, Morocco. Born in Moscow, 1977. She grew up in Algiers and moved to France in 1993. She is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale Superieure d'Arts de Cergy-Pontoise in 2002.Read More
Zoulikha Bouabdellah's works -through installation, drawing, video and photography- deal with the effects of globalization and question their depictions with humour and subversion. In 2003, she directed the video Let's Dance (Dansons) in which she confuses the archetypes of French and Algerian cultures by performing a belly dance to the tune of the Marseillaise. The same year, her work featured in Experiments in the Arab Avant-garde at the French Cinémathèque (Paris). In 2005, Zoulikha Bouabdellah participated in the seminal exhibition Africa Remix at Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), and in 2008 in the festival Paradise Now! Essential Avant-Garde French Cinema 1890-2008 at the Tate Modern (London).
Since 2007, Bouabdellah's works focus on letters and words of love, and particularly on the status of women. Made with different materials -paper, acrylic, aluminum, neon, wood- her works act as slogans and forge links between North and South, joy and sorrow, pleasure and pain, the visible and the untold.
On October 2016 the CAAM Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderno (Spain) will host a major individual exhibition by Zoulikha Bouabdellah.
Her work is represented in collections such as Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris, France), MUSAC Museum of Contemporary Art (León, Spain), Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art (Doha, Qatar), Museum of Modern Art Ludwig Foundation (Vienna, Austria), and Sindika Dokolo Foundation (Luanda, Angola). She has received awards and distinctions including the Abraaj Art Prize (2009), Meurice Prize for Contemporary Art (2008) and Villa Medicis Hors les Murs (2005).
Text courtesy Sabrina Amrani.
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