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Adel Abdessemed

Adel Abdessemed is a conceptual artist who lives and works in New York City. He is represented by David Zwirner, New York and Dvir Gallery, Tel Aviv.  Adel Abdessemed was born in 1971 in Constantine, Algeria and moved to Paris in 1994 during a time of civil strife and political repression in Algeria. He is currently based in New York. Within a wide range of media (drawing, video, photography, performance, and installation), Abdessemed transforms everyday materials and images into unexpected, charged, and sometimes shocking artistic declarations. He pulls freely from myriad sources- personal, social, and political- to create a visual language that is simultaneously rich and economical, sensitive and controversial, radical and mundane. Many situations created by Abdessemed are based on singular and deliberate actions, or, as he calls them, acts, which are testified, more than documented, with videos and photographs, and are often later juxtaposed with a sculptural remainder from the action itself

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