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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.

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Too many mirages VIII by Zoulikha Bouabdellah contemporary artwork works on paper, drawing
Zoulikha Bouabdellah Too many mirages VIII, 2011 Charcoal on paper
30 x 42 cm
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Mauvaise graine by Zoulikha Bouabdellah contemporary artwork sculpture
Zoulikha Bouabdellah Mauvaise graine, 2013 Cement, stainless steel and car paint. 6 sculptures
60 x 180 x 30 cm
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Theseus Slaying a Centaur by Zoulikha Bouabdellah contemporary artwork works on paper
Zoulikha Bouabdellah Theseus Slaying a Centaur, 2009–2016 Black ink and red lacquer on paper
150 x 100 cm
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Theseus Fighting The Minotaur by Zoulikha Bouabdellah contemporary artwork works on paper
Zoulikha Bouabdellah Theseus Fighting The Minotaur, 2009–2016 Black ink and red lacquer on paper
150 x 100 cm
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Bellerophon Slays The Chime by Zoulikha Bouabdellah contemporary artwork works on paper
Zoulikha Bouabdellah Bellerophon Slays The Chime, 2009–2016 Black ink and red lacquer on paper
150 x 100 cm
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Tribute to Matisse by Zoulikha Bouabdellah contemporary artwork works on paper, drawing
Zoulikha Bouabdellah Tribute to Matisse, 2016 Ink on paper
250 x 617 cm
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L'Araignée by Zoulikha Bouabdellah contemporary artwork sculpture
Zoulikha Bouabdellah L'Araignée, 2016 Stainless steel and black paint
160 x 110 cm
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