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Adel Abdessemed

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Adel Abdessemed, Telle mère tel fils, 2008<br/>Airplanes, felt, aluminum, metal, 27 x 4 x 5 meters / 88.6 x 13.12 x 16.4 feet <br/>Image ©  Adel Abdessemed, courtesy David Zwirner Gallery, New York<br/> Adel Abdessemed, Telle mère tel fils, 2008
Airplanes, felt, aluminum, metal, 27 x 4 x 5 meters / 88.6 x 13.12 x 16.4 feet
Image © Adel Abdessemed, courtesy David Zwirner Gallery, New York
  1. Adel Abdessemed, Telle mère tel fils, 2008
    Airplanes, felt, aluminum, metal, 27 x 4 x 5 meters / 88.6 x 13.12 x 16.4 feet
    Image © Adel Abdessemed, courtesy David Zwirner Gallery, New York
  2. Adel Abdessemed, Practice zero tolerance (retournée), 2008
    Terracotta, 73.23 x 70.87 x 47.24 inches, approx. weight: 3970 lbs/1800 kg
    Image © Adel Abdessemed, courtesy David Zwirner Gallery, New York
  3. Adel Abdessemed, Music box, 2009
    Steel, 38 x 68 x 35 inches 96.5 x 172.7 x 88.9 cm
    Image © Adel Abdessemed, courtesy David Zwirner Gallery, New York
  4. Adel Abdessemed, Soccer ball, 2009, Razor-wire
    Diameter: 9 1/2 inches (24.1 cm) Edition of 5
    Image © Adel Abdessemed, courtesy David Zwirner Gallery, New York
  5. Adel Abdessemed, Usine, 2009
    Video projection, 1 min 27 sec (loop), color, sound
    Image © Adel Abdessemed, courtesy David Zwirner Gallery, New York
  6. Adel Abdessemed, Enter the circle, 2009
    Video on monitor, 20 sec (loop), color, sound
    Image © Adel Abdessemed, courtesy David Zwirner Gallery, New York
  7. Adel Abdessemed, Grand canyon, 2008
    Jetex with solvent archival print, and rock, Rock: 28 x 69 x 54 in. Photo: 156 x 116.52 in
    Installation View, David Zwirner, 2009. Image © Adel Abdessemed, courtesy David Zwirner Gallery, NY
  8. Adel Abdessemed, Saturday, 2008
    Inkjet print, Print size: 25.2 x 19.29 inches 64 x 49 cm
    Image © Adel Abdessemed, courtesy David Zwirner Gallery, New York
Adel Abdessemed (born in Constantine, Algeria, 1971 grew up in Northern Algeria’s Aurès mountain area. He attended the Fine Arts School in Batna, Algeria and the École Supérieure des Beaux Arts Algiers. In 1992, a military coup toppled the Algerian government (from 1992-2000 violence is estimated to have claimed over 100,000 Algerian lives, and some rights watch groups claim the death toll to have been more than 200,000). In 1994, Adel Abdessemed left the country for France, where he enrolled in the École nationale des beaux arts in Lyon.

In 1999, Abdessemed moved to Paris where he lived in the Cité des Arts and began to exhibit his work. He was awarded a residency at P.S.1 in New York in 2000-2001. He lived for a time in Berlin, but has resided in Paris since 2004. Abdessemed’s solo exhibitions include FRAC Champagne Ardenne (2004) and Dvir Gallery, Tel Aviv (2006). In 2006 Abdessemed was included in Notre Histoire at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. In 2006, he created a major exhibition of installations and photos at Le Plateau in Paris called Practice Zero Tolerance. His recent powerful solo exhibition at Le Magasin in Grenoble, France included Telle mère, tel fils. In 2007, he showed with Galerie Kamel Mennour (Paris) at the Armory Show in New York, was included in the Istanbul Biennial and in Robert Storr’s Venice Biennale presentation Think with the Senses–Feel with the Mind. Art in the Present Tense, and returned to P.S.1 for a solo exhibition. In 2008 Abdessemed was featured in a solo exhibition at Christine König Galerie, Vienna. His work is in the collections of Mamco–musée d´art moderne et contemporain, Geneva, and Fundación NMAC–Montenmedio Arte Contemporáneo, Vejer de la Frontera, Cádiz.




Images above from
Adel Abdessemed : RIO
David Zwirner Galleries 3 April - 9 May 2009


The show is called Rio, meaning river. I observe the world with the same fascination that my daughter, Rio, contemplates the big animals in the zoo that are thirsty and hungry.

–Adel Abdessemed








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Represented by David Zwirner, New York
Christine König Galerie, Vienna
Dvir Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin
Le Magasin - Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Grenoble, France
List Visual Arts Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts
P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York
Venice Biennale 2007
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