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b. 1977, Russia

Zoulikha Bouabdellah Biography

Zoulikha Bouabdellah is the daughter of Hassen Bouabdellah, a film director and Algerian writer, and Malika Dorbani, ex-head of the Algiers Fine Art Museum. Following her birth in Moscow in 1977, Zoulikha Bouabdellah grew up in the Algerian capital until the age of 16. In 1993, while the civil war was raging her family chose to leavie Algeria and settle in France where she still resides. Zoulikha graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Arts de Cergy-Pontoise in 2002 in Paris. Favoring video in her debut, she now works in a multitude of media challenging cultural dualities and imbalances, as well as cultural fusion and the ability to transcend borders.

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Zoulikha Bouabdellah has won several prizes, including recipient of the The Prix Meurice for Contemporary Art, Paris, France in 2008 with her sculpture The Kiss, one of the three winners of the inaugural Abraaj Capital Prize, Dubaï, UAE in 2009 with her installation, Walking on the Sky, Pisces, Algerian Prize for young Algerian creation and Villa Médicis Hors les Murs (AFAA - Cape Town, South Africa). She has been shown all over the world in fairs, institutions and biennales such as the Venice Biennial, Art Dubai, FIAC, Art Brussels, Aichi Triennial, Bamako Biennial, Mead Art Museum, Centre Pompidou, MoCADA, Brooklyn Museum, etc. She has also completed several residencies, most recently at the Art School Palestine in Ramallah, but also at Amherst College in the Massachussetts and in Cape Town, South Africa. In 2010, a bilingual monograph SOFTTRANSGRESSION was published by Gold Digger, Editions La B.A.N.K.

Exhibition view: Group show, Ver versus ver II, Sabrina Amrani Gallery, Sallaberry, 52, Madrid (14 October–4 November 2020). Courtesy Sabrina Amrani Gallery.

Zoulikha Bouabdellah Featured Artworks

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Theseus Slaying a Centaur by Zoulikha Bouabdellah contemporary artwork
Zoulikha BouabdellahTheseus Slaying a Centaur, 2009–2016Black ink and red lacquer on paper
150 x 100 cm
Sabrina Amrani Gallery Contact Gallery
Theseus Fighting The Minotaur by Zoulikha Bouabdellah contemporary artwork
Zoulikha BouabdellahTheseus Fighting The Minotaur, 2009–2016Black ink and red lacquer on paper
150 x 100 cm
Sabrina Amrani Gallery Contact Gallery
Bellerophon Slays The Chime by Zoulikha Bouabdellah contemporary artwork
Zoulikha BouabdellahBellerophon Slays The Chime, 2009–2016Black ink and red lacquer on paper
150 x 100 cm
Sabrina Amrani Gallery Contact Gallery
Tribute to Matisse by Zoulikha Bouabdellah contemporary artwork
Zoulikha BouabdellahTribute to Matisse, 2016Ink on paper
250 x 617 cm
Sabrina Amrani Gallery Contact Gallery
L'Araignée by Zoulikha Bouabdellah contemporary artwork
Zoulikha BouabdellahL'Araignée, 2016Stainless steel and black paint
160 x 110 cm
Sabrina Amrani Gallery Contact Gallery
Corps étranges III by Zoulikha Bouabdellah contemporary artwork
Zoulikha BouabdellahCorps étranges III, 2013Collage
45 x 135 cm
Sabrina Amrani Gallery Contact Gallery
Corps étranges II - Jambes by Zoulikha Bouabdellah contemporary artwork
Zoulikha BouabdellahCorps étranges II - Jambes, 2013Collage
78 x 135 cm
Sabrina Amrani Gallery Contact Gallery
Corps étranges I - Seines by Zoulikha Bouabdellah contemporary artwork
Zoulikha BouabdellahCorps étranges I - Seines, 2013Collage
78 x 135 cm
Sabrina Amrani Gallery Contact Gallery

Zoulikha Bouabdellah Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group show, Ver Versus Ver II at Sabrina Amrani Gallery, Madrid
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21 October–26 November 2020 Group show Ver Versus Ver II Sabrina Amrani Gallery, Sallaberry, 52, MadridSallaberry, 52, Madrid
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Ver versus ver at Sabrina Amrani Gallery, Madrid
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4 July–8 August 2020 Group Exhibition Ver versus ver Sabrina Amrani Gallery, Sallaberry, 52, MadridSallaberry, 52, Madrid
Contemporary art exhibition, Zoulikha Bouabdellah, Objets de désir at Sabrina Amrani Gallery, Madrid
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27 April–4 June 2016 Zoulikha Bouabdellah Objets de désir Sabrina Amrani Gallery, Madera, 23, MadridMadera, 23, Madrid

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Zoulikha Bouabdellah In Ocula Magazine

Art Universelle: A Report From Art14 Ocula Feature Art Universelle: A Report From Art14 By Stephanie Bailey, London

Art14 is a young fair, and its premise is what makes it interesting. Launched in 2013 as Art13, the fair made a grand statement on its cultural composition by billing itself as London’s global art fair – the one and only. In 2014, this identity was asserted with a broad, multi-cultural stroke that brought together 180 galleries, 700...

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Zoulikha Bouabdellah In Related Press

African women first: 'Lucy’s Iris' at Musée Départmental d’Art Contemporain, Rochechouart Related Press African women first: 'Lucy’s Iris' at Musée Départmental d’Art Contemporain, Rochechouart 10 August 2016, Art Radar Journal

Though discovered in 1974, in the midst of African decolonial processes and independence struggles, the original ancestor of all humankind, an African woman was given the name Lucy. But what about her African roots? What about her role as the mother of all humankind? Lucy’s Iris  considers Lucy’s view of her prodigal daughters who...

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16 Algerian contemporary artists to know now Related Press 16 Algerian contemporary artists to know now 11 February 2016, Art Radar

Algeria’s long history of colonialism and conquest provides complex narratives and fertile ground for contemporary artists who push the boundaries between tradition and modernity, utilising rich media, techniques and performances.

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16 Algerian contemporary artists to know now Related Press 16 Algerian contemporary artists to know now 25 January 2016, Art Radar

Algeria’s long history of colonialism and conquest provides complex narratives and fertile ground for contemporary artists who push the boundaries between tradition and modernity, utilising rich media, techniques and performances. Algeria is a North African nation situated between the Mediterranean Sea and the Sahara desert. Due to its...

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