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.

Tarek Lakhrissi, A horn is thorn is a horn, 2021. Six poly carbonate plates, UV print. 120 x 90 x 0.5 cm (each). Unique. Photographer: Flavio Pescatori.
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Tarek Lakhrissi, A horn is thorn is a horn (detail), 2021. Six poly carbonate plates, UV print. 120 x 90 x 0.5 cm (each). Unique. Photographer: Flavio Pescatori.
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Tarek Lakhrissi, I'M HORNY XIII, 2021. Resin, paint, plexiglass. 47.5 x 5.5 x 0.1 cm. Unique. Photographer: Flavio Pescatori.
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Tarek Lakhrissi, Spiraling, 2021. HD Single Channel Video, 4:3. 00:07:00. Edition 5 (+1AP). Installation view at Shedhalle, Zürich, CH. Photographer: Carla Schleiffer.
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Tarek Lakhrissi, Tongue III, 2021. Resin. 78 x 32 x 8 cm. Unique.
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Tarek Lakhrissi, Tongue V, 2021. Resin. 81 x 26 x 4 cm. Unique.
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Tarek Lakhrissi, Unfinished Sentence II, 2020. Installation of 30 metal spears and performance with chains, colour filter, loud speakers. MOSTYN, Llandudno, UK. Photographer: Mark Blower.
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Tarek Lakhrissi, Unfinished Sentence II, 2020. Installation of 30 metal spears and performance with chains, colour filter, loud speakers. 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, Home, 2021. Aluminium. 110 x 70 x 0.5 cm. Edition of 3 (+1AP). Photographer: Mark Blower.
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Tarek Lakhrissi, Holy Contract, 2021. Aluminium. 110 x 70 x 0.5 cm. Edition of 3 (+1AP). Photographer: Mark Blower.
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Tarek Lakhrissi, Fusion, 2021. Aluminium. 110 x 70 x 0.5 cm. Edition of 3 (+1AP). Photographer: Mark Blower.
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Tarek Lakhrissi, Trahi trahi, 2021. Aluminium. 110 x 70 x 0.5 cm. Edition of 3 (+1AP). Photographer: Mark Blower.
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Tarek Lakhrissi, As a Part of Survival..., 2021. Aluminium. 110 x 70 x 0.5 cm. Edition of 3 (+1AP). Photographer: Mark Blower.
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Tarek Lakhrissi, BETRAYING TIME AND SPACE, 2021. Steel and steel chains. 65 x 8 cm. Photographer: Jonathan Bassett.
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Tarek Lakhrissi, BETRAYING MY NAME, 2021. Steel and steel chains. 47 x 18 x 0.5 cm. Photographer: Jonathan Bassett.
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Tarek Lakhrissi, BETRAYING THE MOON, 2021. Steel and steel chains. 34 x 40 x 0.5 cm. Photographer: Jonathan Bassett.
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Tarek Lakhrissi, The Art of Losing (extract) and Frame for The Art of Losing, 2021. HD single channel video and metal frame. 00:01:35 and 144 x 98 x 45 cm. Installation view at Maison Populaire, Montreuil, FR. Photographer: Aurélien Mole.
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Tarek Lakhrissi, The Art of Losing (extract) and Frame for The Art of Losing, 2021. HD single channel video and metal frame. 00:01:35 and 144 x 98 x 45 cm. Installation view at Maison Populaire, Montreuil, FR. Photographer: Aurélien Mole.
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Tarek Lakhrissi, This Doesn’t Belong to Me, 2020. Polyurethane, metal core, epoxy resin, chains, black earth. FRAC Lorraine, Metz, FR. Photographer: Aurélien Mole.
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Tarek Lakhrissi, This Doesn’t Belong to Me, 2020. Polyurethane, metal core, epoxy resin, chains, black earth. FRAC Lorraine, Metz, FR. Photographer: Aurélien Mole.
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Tarek Lakhrissi, This Doesn’t Belong to Me, 2020. Polyurethane, metal core, epoxy resin, chains, black earth. FRAC Lorraine, Metz, FR. Photographer: Aurélien Mole.
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Tarek Lakhrissi, Unfinished Sentence II, 2020. Installation of 30 metal spears and performance with chains, colour filter, loud speakers. Palais de Tokyo, Paris, FR. Photography: Aurélien Mole.
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Tarek Lakhrissi, Unfinished Sentence II, 2020. Installation of 30 metal spears and performance with chains, colour filter, loud speakers. Palais de Tokyo, Paris, FR. Photography: Aurélien Mole.
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Tarek Lakhrissi, Unfinished Sentence II, 2020. Installation of 30 metal spears and performance with chains, colour filter, loud speakers. Palais de Tokyo, Paris, FR. Photography: Aurélien Mole.
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Tarek Lakhrissi, Sick Sad World, 2020. Installation in collaboration with Theo Demans and performance with wood, styrofoam, fabric, metal, polyether foam, polyurethan, pigments, acrylic plaster. Wiels, Brussels, BE. Photography: Philippe De Gober.
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Tarek Lakhrissi, Sick Sad World, 2020. Installation in collaboration with Theo Demans and performance with wood, styrofoam, fabric, metal, polyether foam, polyurethan, pigments, acrylic plaster. Wiels, Brussels, BE. Photography: Philippe De Gober.
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Tarek Lakhrissi, Sick Sad World (detail), 2020. Installation in collaboration with Theo Demans and performance with wood, styrofoam, fabric, metal, polyether foam, polyurethan, pigments, acrylic plaster. Wiels, Brussels, BE. Photography: Philippe De Gober.
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Tarek Lakhrissi, This Doesn’t Belong to Me, 2020. Polyurethane, metal core, epoxy resin, chains, black earth. Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, IT. Photographer: Domenico Conte.
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Tarek Lakhrissi, This Doesn’t Belong to Me, 2020. Polyurethane, metal core, epoxy resin, chains, black earth. Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, IT. Photographer: Domenico Conte.
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Tarek Lakhrissi, This Doesn’t Belong to Me, 2020. Polyurethane, metal core, epoxy resin, chains, black earth. Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, IT. Photographer: Domenico Conte.
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Tarek Lakhrissi, This Doesn’t Belong to Me, 2020. Polyurethane, metal core, epoxy resin, chains, black earth. Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, IT. Photographer: Domenico Conte.
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Tarek Lakhrissi, Apocalyptic posters, 2020. Commissioned by Auto Italia South East, London, UK. In collaboration with Martin Desinde.
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Tarek Lakhrissi, Apocalyptic posters, 2020. Commissioned by Auto Italia South East, London, UK. In collaboration with Martin Desinde.
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Tarek Lakhrissi, Unfinished Sentence, 2019. 10 metal spears, chains, colour filter, loud speakers. CRAC Alsace, Altkirch, FR. Photographer: Aurélien Mole.
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Tarek Lakhrissi, Unfinished Sentence, 2019. 10 metal spears, chains, colour filter, loud speakers. CRAC Alsace, Altkirch, FR. Photographer: Aurélien Mole.
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Tarek Lakhrissi, Unfinished Sentence, 2019. 10 metal spears, chains, colour filter, loud speakers. CRAC Alsace, Altkirch, FR. Photographer: Aurélien Mole.
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Tarek Lakhrissi, Unfinished Sentence, 2019. 10 metal spears, chains, colour filter, loud speakers. CRAC Alsace, Altkirch, FR. Photographer: Aurélien Mole.
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Tarek Lakhrissi, Unfinished Sentence, 2019. 10 metal spears, chains, colour filter, loud speakers. CRAC Alsace, Altkirch, FR. Photographer: Aurélien Mole.
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Tarek Lakhrissi, Unfinished Sentence, 2019. 10 metal spears, chains, colour filter, loud speakers. CRAC Alsace, Altkirch, FR. Photographer: Aurélien Mole.
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Tarek Lakhrissi, Serpent Dream, 2019. Installation with fabric, chains and vinyl. Zabriskie, Genève, CH. Photography: Etienne Chosson.
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Tarek Lakhrissi, Serpent Dream, 2019. Installation with fabric, chains and vinyl. Zabriskie, Genève, CH. Photography: Etienne Chosson.
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Tarek Lakhrissi, Serpent Dream, 2019. Installation with fabric, chains and vinyl. Zabriskie, Genève, CH. Photography: Etienne Chosson.
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Tarek Lakhrissi, Serpent Dream, 2019. Installation with fabric, chains and vinyl. Zabriskie, Genève, CH. Photography: Etienne Chosson.
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Tarek Lakhrissi, different alibis, 2019. Performance with Harilay Rabenjamina, Christelle Oyiri ad Ndayé Kouagou. 01:00:00. Auto Italia South East, London, UK. Photographer: Katarzyna Perlak.
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Tarek Lakhrissi, looks like nobody is taking care of the plants (part II), 2019. Performance with screen video, speaker, tapestry, lavender. 00:25:00. Photography: Anne Vimeux.
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Tarek Lakhrissi, i see you now, 2018. Latex, vinyl letters, pottery. Dimensions variable. DOC!, Paris, FR. Photography: Paul Nicoué.
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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, 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, 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, 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, poetry and language, 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.”

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; VITRINE, London, UK; KevinSpace, Vienna, AT; Zabriskie, Genève, CH; Centre d’Art Contemporain, Noisy-Le-Sec, FR.

Further group exhibitions at galleries, museums and biennials internationally including: 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;  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; 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; FIAC, Grand Palais, Paris, FR; One Gee in Fog, Geneva, CH; Horst Festival, Brussels/Vilvoorde, 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 'Bonaventure (Trafficking worlds)' at Foundation Ricard, Paris, FR (until 30 October 2021); 'Ordained, Horny & Horned', VEDA, Florence, IT (until 6 November 2021); 'UNE JOURNÉE EN UTOPIE', Le Familistère de Guise, FR (until 14 November 2021) and 'Avoidance' at Centre for Contemporary Art FUTURA, Prague, CZ (until 14 November 2021). Forthcoming exhibitions include 'A, letter', a duo show with Charlie Godet Thomas, which is a VITRINE Satellite exhibition at Ballon Rouge, Brussels, BE (11 November - 11 December 2021) and 'Echo' at Haus der Kunst, Munich, DE (2022).

He has been shortlisted for the 22nd Foundation Pernod Ricard Prize 2021 and been nominated by Hans Ulrich Obrist for the Zürich Art Prize 2022. He is currently exhibited at Foundation Pernod Ricard, Paris and Kevin Space, Vienna.

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

Group event

Liste Film Screening

Fair: 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

Satellite: Ballon Rouge

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

Liste Showtime 2021

Fair: Liste Showtime

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

Perfume of Traitors

VITRINE, London

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