Adel Abdessemed

Adel Abdessemed

Adel Abdessemed is a conceptual artist who works in a broad range of media including drawing, video, photography, performance, and sculpture. Working with familiar materials and images, Abdessemed manipulates them to create unexpected works with charged socio-political statements. Drawing on personal, political, and historical narratives, Abdes- semed reflects upon the increasing globalization of the world, and the way that it impacts an individual’s sense of self. Creating life-sized sculptures out of razor wire and drawings of animals strapped with dynamite to explore representations of violence and war, to films of animals and insects interacting to reflect upon notions of survival and destruction, Abdes- semed looks to a broad range of subjects to comment on our modern day world.
Abdessemed has been the subject of solo exhibitions at major institutions including the Centre Georges Pompidou, the San Francisco Art Institute, MoMA PS1, and the Musée d’art moderne et contemporain in Geneva, as well as in major international exhibitions such as the Paris Triennale, the Istanbul Biennial, the Gwangju Biennial, and the Venice Biennale. Born in 1971, Adel Abdessemed studied at the École des beaux-arts de Batna and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts d’Alger, Algiers (1987-1994), before leaving for France where he stud- ied at the Ecole nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Lyon (1994-1998).
He now lives and works in Paris and New York, after being active in Berlin.

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