Tarek Lakhrissi

Tarek Lakhrissi is a French artist and poet with a background in literature. He works across installation, performance, film, text and sculpture, engaging with political and social issues around transformative narratives within language, magic, weirdness, codes and love.

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Tarek Lakhrissi, Revenge Fantasy, 2022. Installation view. Fondation d'entreprise Hermès, Brussels, BE. Photographer: Isabelle Arthuis.
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Tarek Lakhrissi, Revenge Fantasy, 2022. Installation view. Fondation d'entreprise Hermès, Brussels, BE. Photographer: Isabelle Arthuis.
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Tarek Lakhrissi, Revenge Fantasy, 2022. Installation view. Fondation d'entreprise Hermès, Brussels, BE. Photographer: Isabelle Arthuis.
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A, letter, Installation view, 2021. VITRINE at Ballon Rouge, Brussels, BE. Photographer: GRAYSC.
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A, letter, Installation view, 2021. VITRINE at Ballon Rouge, Brussels, BE. Photographer: GRAYSC.
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A, letter, Installation view, 2021. VITRINE at Ballon Rouge, Brussels, BE. Photographer: GRAYSC.
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Tarek Lakhrissi, Ordered, Horny and Horned, 2021. Installation view. VEDA, Florence, IT. Photographer: Flavio Pescatori.
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Tarek Lakhrissi, Ordered, Horny and Horned, 2021. Installation view. VEDA, Florence, IT. Photographer: Flavio Pescatori.
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Tarek Lakhrissi, I wear my wounds on my tongue, 2021. Installation view. Kevin Space, Vienna, AT. Photographer: Maximilian Anelli-Monti.
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Tarek Lakhrissi, I wear my wounds on my tongue, 2021. Installation view. Kevin Space, Vienna, AT. Photographer: Maximilian Anelli-Monti.
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Tarek Lakhrissi, Bonaventure (Trafiquer les mondes), 2021. Installation view. Fondation Pernod Ricard, Paris, FR. Photographer: Thomas Lannes.
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Tarek Lakhrissi, My Immortal, 2021. Installation view. MOSTYN, Llandudno, UK. Photographer: Mark Blower.
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Tarek Lakhrissi, My Immortal, 2021. Installation view. MOSTYN, Llandudno, UK. Photographer: Mark Blower.
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Tarek Lakhrissi, My Immortal, 2021. Installation view. MOSTYN, Llandudno, UK. Photographer: Mark Blower.
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Tarek Lakhrissi, My Immortal, 2021. Installation view. MOSTYN, Llandudno, UK. Photographer: Mark Blower.
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Tarek Lakhrissi, My Immortal, 2021. Installation view. MOSTYN, Llandudno, UK. Photographer: Mark Blower.
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Tarek Lakhrissi, My Immortal, 2021. Installation view. MOSTYN, Llandudno, UK. Photographer: Mark Blower.
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Tarek Lakhrissi, Flying on the raven’s wing, 2021. Installation view. HORST Festival, Brussels, BE. Photographer: Illias Teirlinck.
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Tarek Lakhrissi, Flying on the raven’s wing, 2021. Installation view. HORST Festival, Brussels, BE. Photographer: Illias Teirlinck.
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Tarek Lakhrissi, Perfume of Traitors, 2021. Installation view.  VITRINE, London. Photographer: Jonathan Bassett.
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Tarek Lakhrissi, Perfume of Traitors, 2021. Installation view.  VITRINE, London. Photographer: Jonathan Bassett.
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Tarek Lakhrissi, Sick Sad World, 2020. Installation view. Wiels, Brussels, BE. Photography: Philippe De Gober.
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Tarek Lakhrissi, Caméléon Club, 2019. Installation view. La Galerie CAC, Noisy-Le-Sec, FR. Photography: Pierre Antoine.
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Tarek Lakhrissi, Caméléon Club, 2019. Installation view. La Galerie CAC, Noisy-Le-Sec, FR. Photography: Pierre Antoine.
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Tarek Lakhrissi, Caméléon Club, 2019. Installation view. La Galerie CAC, Noisy-Le-Sec, FR. Photography: Pierre Antoine.
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Tarek Lakhrissi, Caméléon Club, 2019. Installation view. La Galerie CAC, Noisy-Le-Sec, FR. Photography: Pierre Antoine.
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Tarek Lakhrissi, Hard to Love, 2018. Installation view. Baltic Triennal 13, Kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga, LV.
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His background in literature draws influence from feminist and queer writers, such as Elsa Dorlin, Jean Genet, Monique Wittig and José Esteban Muñoz, providing his work with a romantic atmosphere. Each project Lakhrissi initiates derives from text and poetry, which are his primary obsessions, before translating ideas from these mediums into the visual arts. His profound use of language engages with performativity and reflects on poetic, erotic and nostalgic queer futures.

Lakhrissi is interested in modes of defence which are portrayed within his sculptural works. His work questions how to defend oneself, particularly individuals or groups who are marginalised and persecuted, in order to maintain one's identity and reflect on a desire to stay alive and be unapologetic. Throughout his work, he maintains his own identity by involving signifiers of pop culture; a soundtrack to a 90’s TV show or a small aesthetic gesture towards ‘Xena: Warrior Princess’.

Identity feeds into his work in film where apocalyptic narratives around freedom and being liberated are played out. As described by Curator Shelley McSpedden, his recent film ‘Out of the Blue’ (2019) is set in “a radical moment in time, when established political, economic and cultural structures are under imminent threat from alien invasion. Rather than presenting this as an apocalyptic vision, Lakhrissi’s film meditates on the nature of transition itself.”

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Tarek Lakhrissi (b. 1992, Châtellerault, FR) is based in Paris, FR. He holds a BA in Literature and Theatre from Paris III Sorbonne-Nouvelle, FR and an MA in History of Art and Theatre from the University of Montreal, CA. He has been nominated for the Matsutani Occident 2019 Prize and the PSC Art Prize.

Lakhrissi has had international solo presentations at museums and galleries including: Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, IT; MOSTYN, Llandudno, UK; Centre d’Art Contemporain, Noisy-Le-Sec, FR; VITRINE, London, UK; KevinSpace, Vienna, AT; Zabriskie, Genève, CH.

Further group exhibitions at galleries, museums and biennials internationally include: Haus der Kunst, Munich, DE; Palais de Tokyo, Paris, FR; Wiels, Brussels, BE; NIRIN 22nd Biennale of Sydney, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney, AU; Baltic Triennial 13, Contemporary Art Centre, Riga, LV & CAC, Vilnius, LT; Foundation Ricard, Paris, FR; Manchester International Festival, HOME, UK; CRAC Alsace, Altkirch, FR; Hayward Gallery, London, UK; Het Hem, Amsterdam, NL; Shedhalle, Zurich, CH; CAC Brétigny, Brétigny-sur-Orge, FR; Maison Populaire, Montreuil, FR; Centre Wallonie Bruxelles, Paris, FR; Centre for Contemporary Art FUTURA, Prague, CZ; Kunsthal Charlottenborg Biennial 2021, DK; Musée D’Art Contemporain, Haute-Vienna, FR; Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian, Paris, FR; Auto Italia South East, London, UK; Fondation Lafayette Anticipations, Paris, FR; L’Espace Arlaud, Lausanne, CH; Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, IT; Kling&Bang, Reykjavik, IS; FRAC Lorraine, FR; One Gee in Fog, Geneva, CH; Horst Festival, Brussels/Vilvoorde, BE; VEDA, Florence, IT; Le Familistère de Guise, FR; Ballon Rouge, Brussels, BE.

Residencies include: Maison Populaire, Montreuil, FR (2020-21); Wiels, Brussels, BE (2020); Workspace, Brussels, BE (2020&19); Sophiensaele, Berlin, DE (2020); CND, Pantin, FR (2020); Bundanon Trust, Illaroo, AU (2019); Artspace, Sydney, AU (2019); Kunstencentrum Buda, Courtrai (BE).

Lakhrissi is currently exhibiting in '100% Expo' at La Villette, Paris, FR (until 30 April). Forthcoming exhibitions include presentations at Foundation D'Entreprise Hermès, Brussels, BE (April 2022); Biennale Matter of Art 2022, Prague, CZ (Summer 2022), and a duo show with Deborah-Joyce Holman with at Archivio Storico Comunale, Palermo, IT in collaboration with Istituto Svizzero.

He is a laureate of Lafayette Anticipations third edition of 'À l'œuvre!' 2022. He was shortlisted for the 22nd Foundation Pernod Ricard Prize 2021 and been nominated by Hans Ulrich Obrist for the Zürich Art Prize 2022.

Tarek Lakhrissi, Out of the Blue (Trailer), 2019
Trailer of Tarek Lakhrissi's film 'Out of the Blue' 2019.
2019
Tarek Lakhrissi, innocence is blocking me, 2019
Excerpt from tarek Lakhrissi's performance 'innocence is blocking me' at Hayward Gallery, London, UK in 2019.
2019
A, letter
Nov 2021
10
Wednesday
6:00 pm
8:00 pm
Free

Group event

A, letter

Preview

Satellite: Ballon Rouge, Brussels, BE

Liste Film Screening
Sep 2021
23
Thursday
9:00 am
7:00 pm
Free

Group event

Liste Film Screening

Screening

Satellite: Stellwerk

Out of the Blue
Sep 2021
01
Wednesday
8:00 pm
8:15 pm
Free

Group event

Out of the Blue

Screening

Kino Cinema, Bermondsey Square, London

A, letter
Nov 2021
11
Thursday
Dec 2021
11
Saturday
Group show

A, letter

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Liste Showtime 2021
Sep 2021
15
Wednesday
Sep 2021
30
Thursday
Group show

Liste Showtime 2021

Fair

Perfume of Traitors
May 2021
02
Sunday
Sep 2021
05
Sunday
Group show

Perfume of Traitors

VITRINE, Bermondsey

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