Zoulikha Bouabdellah
Algerian, born 1977
Selected exhibitions
Objets de désir,
Sabrina Amrani
Sabrina Amrani
Sabrina Amrani

Algerian-born, Paris-based Zoulikha Bouabdellah creates work that explores identity, the sense of place, and corresponding themes of globalization, otherness, and oppression. Fusing the Arabic, French, and English languages with a rotating cast of religious and social symbols, Bouabdellah’s works are semiotic palimpsests that bring to light cultural differences as well as similarities. Her well-known Cheris (2007) explores themes of love alongside the Arabic language and its associations. In the immense installation, 300 sheets of white paper are scrawled with red Arabic characters, resembling blood. Each sheet represents a different Arabic word for love, referencing universal human emotions that transcend national borders and conflicts. In 2009, Bouabdellah was awarded the Abraaj Capital Prize, in Dubaï, for Walk on the Sky, Pisces (2009), an immersive, mirrored installation that …

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