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About Fayçal Baghriche

Fayçal Baghriche casts a critical eye on global cultures, focusing on the disparate perspectives of Western Europeans and the Muslim populations of North Africa and the Middle East. His artistic practice originated in performative videos, in which he used his still body as the centerpiece, contrasting it against the bustling flows and rhythms of his urban surroundings. In recent years, he has become more involved in making objects filtered through his French-Algerian heritage. His 2012 work Nothing More Concrete, composed of a towering wall of raw bundles of Gypsum board, considers the glut of construction in Dubai. Baghriche’s installation posits the material as both a sign of Western industrial influence and an indicator of Islamic design motifs, in the form of diagonal red, white, and gray lines adorning the work’s surface.

French-Algerian, b. 1972, Skikda, Algeria, based in Paris, France