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, Frieze Focus, Frieze London, 2022. Photographer Jonathan Bassett.
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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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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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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.”

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

Lakhrissi has had international solo presentations at museums, galleries and art fairs including: Archivio Storico Comunale, Palermo, IT; Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, IT; MOSTYN, Llandudno, UK; Frieze London 2022, 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: Emalin Gallery, London, UK; Casa de Escada Colorida, Rio di Janeiro, BR; HANGAR, Lisbon, PT; One Gee Fog, Geneva, CH; 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; Foundation D'Entreprise Hermès, Brussels, BE; CAC Brétigny, Brétigny-sur-Orge, FR; Maison Populaire, Montreuil, FR; Centre Wallonie Bruxelles, Paris, FR; Biennale Matter of Art 2022, Prague, CZ; Centre for Contemporary Art FUTURA, Prague, CZ; La Villette, Paris, FR; 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; Horst Festival, Brussels/Vilvoorde, BE; VEDA, Florence, IT; Le Familistère de Guise, FR; Ballon Rouge, Brussels, BE; Palazzo Re Rebaudengo, Guarene, IT.

Residencies include: Lafayette Anticipations, Paris, FR (2022); 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). 

He recently travelled his new performance 'BEAST!' at spaces including Museum Tinguely, Basel, CH (25 June), HKW Berlin, DE (19 July), MOVE Pompidou, Paris, FR (16 October) and Shedhalle Zürich.

Current and forthcoming exhibitions include 'Habibi, les révolutions de l'amour', Institut Du Monde Arabe, Paris, FR (until 19 February 2023).

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

Frieze London 2022
Oct 2022
12
Wednesday
Oct 2022
16
Sunday
Group show

Frieze London 2022

Fair

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

A, letter

Satellite

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

Liste Showtime 2021

Fair

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