°1971, Constantine (Algeria) - lives and works in Paris (FR) and London (UK)
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, Abdessemed reflects upon the increasing globalization of the world, the way that it impacts an individual’s sense of self often addressing social taboos and presenting them as raw and uncomfortable truths.
Abdessemed has had numerous solo exhibitions at major institutions including Arab Museum of Modern Art, Qatar; David Zwirner, New York; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; MoMA PS1, New York; Contemporary Art Centre of Malaga; and the Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, Geneva. His work was also part of group exhibitions at venues such as LACMA, Los Angeles; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; S.M.A.K., Ghent; KW, Berlin; Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin and FRAC, Nord-Pas de Calais.
Adel Abdessemed – Hope, 2011-2012
Adel Abdessemed – Personne, 2014
Adel Abdessemed – Pluie noire, 2006 (Photo by Marc Domage)
Adel Abdessemed – exhibition view L'Antidote at MAC, Lyon in 2018
Adel Abdesseled also particiapted in major international exhibitions such as the Paris Triennale, the Istanbul Biennial, the Gwangju Biennial and the Venice Biennale. His work is part of important collections, including Centre Pompidou, Paris; Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; Fondation François Pinault, Venice; Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, Geneva ; and The Israel Museum, Jerusalem.
Adel Abdesseled is represented by the following galleries;
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Adel Abdessemed – Habibi, 2003
Adel Abdessemed – Nympheas, 2014
Adel Abdessemed – East of Eden, 2013
Adel Abdessemed – Feux, 2018