The Algerian-born French artist Adel Abdessemed (b. 1971) works in a wide variety of media including animation, installation, performance, sculpture, and video; through his art he addresses contemporary themes such as displacement, extremism, and cruelty. His works, unsettling in their simultaneous beauty and brutality, have made Abdessemed one of the most visible French contemporary artists of our time. This volume is composed of two distinct parts, each showcasing and examining one of two series of brand new, site-specific works created by Abdessemed for the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Grand-Hornu and the Musée d’Art Contemporain in Lyon.
Eric de Chassey is directeur général de l’Institut national d’histoire de l’art (INHA) professor of contemporary art at Francois Rabelias University in Tours, France. Denis Gielen is director of the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Grand-Hornu . Donatien Grauest critique d’art et écrivain, . Mark Nash is an independent curator and writer. Paul Ardenne is a professor at the University of Amiens. Kamel Daoud is an Algerian writer and journalist. Thierry Raspail is the Director of the Musée d’Art Contemporain, Lyon. Michele Robecchi is an independent curator, editor, and writer. Octavio Zaya is an independent art critic and curator.
New works by celebrated French-Algerian artist Adel Abdessemed are documented and explored in this timely volume.