Published by Silvana Editoriale. Introduction by Abdellah Karroum. Text by Pierluigi Tazzi, Angela Mengoni, Abdellah Taia. Interview by Hans Ulrich Obrist.
L’Age D’Or is the new work of Algerian artist Adel Abdessemed (born 1971). This gold-cloth-covered box set contains three volumes: one volume of drawings, a photography volume and an essays volume with four texts in English and Arabic.
Adel Abdessemed (born 1971) has been a major figure in contemporary art since he entered the international creative world in the early 2000s. In 2012, after recent exhibitions in Nagoya, Venice, London, Tel Aviv, Berlin and New York, his work is featured in a large exhibition at the Centre Georges Pompidou. Well known for his ability to produce images generally considered violent, Abdessemed appeals to the viewer’s immediate reactions. In conversation with Italian art critic Pier Luigi Tazzi, Abdessemed explains the personal and creative background to his work. As he retraces his artistic journey, its major phases and his major works, his remarks extend beyond the framework of art to address the fundamental issues of life itself. This text, filled with passion and humor, explores the perspective of a prominent contemporary artist, and deals with all aspects of artistic creation.
Algerian artist Adel Abdessemed (born 1971) expands the parameters of his studio into the city streets. He has filmed wild boars loose in Paris and a stray cat devouring a mouse in Berlin. Of these public "acts," a term he prefers for its political implications, he has said: "I use passion and rage. Nothing else. I don't do illusions."
Published by Massachusetts Institute of Technology, List Visual Arts Center. Text by Tom McDonough, Pier Luigi Tazzi, Noam Chomsky, Jane E. Farver.
Since the mid-1990s, Algerian-born, New York-based Adel Abdessemed has unerringly located and triggered the religious, sexual and racial taboos of our culture. This volume takes a broad look at Abdessemed's activities, from his "street acts" to more recent works.