Fayçal Baghriche

"The works Souvenir and Epuration elective employ different materials, but echo one another in a number of ways. The former is a luminous terrestrial globe, which turns so fast that it is impossible to distinguish continents or the demarcations that separate them from the oceans. For the latter work, I have vastly enlarged a page from a dictionary representing all the flags of the world and erased everything except the stars.

The installation evokes a simple, childlike decor: the Earth and the sky, or the universe and our planet. However, both works involve the deliberate blurring or erasing of specific elements which disrupts our perception of familiar images and national symbols. The terrestrial globe spins at such high speed that it blurs continental outlines and the geographical space of individual countries. The starry canvas is the result of a diligent exercise of erasure. National identities are done away with by distorting one of the most significant symbols of statehood – the national flag. The works invite us to look beyond superficial appearances and re-apprehend the reality they conceal."

Born in 1972 in Skikda, Algeria, Fayçal Baghriche studied at the Villa Arson, Nice before moving to Paris to help create an artist’s residence (La Villa du Lavoir) and a curatorial structure (Le Comissariat). His work has been shown in numerous exhibitions in France and internationally; among the most recent, As the Land Expands at Al Riwaq Art Space, Barhain in 2010, La force de l’art at the Grand Palais, Paris in 2009, and Architecture of Survival at Outpost for Contemporary Art, Los Angeles in 2008. Most recently, Le Quartier in Quimper presented an important solo show of his work entitled Quelque chose plutôt que rien.

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