VITRINE presents new and existing work by Lakhrissi which features his most significant film works to date, including a never before seen work produced by Haus der Kunst, Munich, DE in collaboration with Shedhalle, Zürich, CH, alongside recently produced sculptures.
'Spiraling' (2021) - spelt with one L - is Tarek Lakhrissi’s most recent film work produced during May 2021 with Haus der Kunst, Munich, DE in collaboration with Shedhalle, Zürich, CH. The video features queer activist pole dancer Mila Furie performing a routine on a pole in which the spiral is a regular action set in the middle of the authoritarian architecture of one of Haus der Kunst’s galleries. Lakhrissi considers the spiral to be a positive and meditative movement that enables someone to twist and adapt to a situation in which someone feels lost, weary or uncomfortable socially.
'Out of the Blue' (2019) is Tarek Lakhrissi's most significant film work to date, commissioned and first exhibited at La Galerie CAC, Noisy-Le-Sec, FR. It is a Science Fiction short film that takes place at a radical moment in time when our politically conservative era is suddenly at a threat and coming to an end because of an alien invasion. The invasion begins with the kidnapping all the CEOs of large corporations whilst sparing of the most vulnerable in society to create a liberation of existence under capitalism.
'Hard to Love' (2017) is the first experimental video directed by Tarek Lakhrissi. The video is a visual poem about languages, words and love, reflecting on the hard relationship between a lover and three different languages: French, English and Arabic. By interweaving these languages, Lakhrissi takes a wandering through the literature that he writes and performs. Quoting Cedric Fauq "the integration, we learn with Tarek Lakhrissi, is also the condition of feeling unable to be desired, to be loved, ultimately asking: How does one escape the stigma of colonialism and xenophobia when it comes to loving someone, being loved, and loving oneself? Hard to Love suggests that exhausting the language of the oppressor might be a possible exit."
Along side the 3 video works, VITRINE presents two sculptures including 'BETRAYING TIME AND SPACE' (2021), which was produced for the artist’s first solo show in the UK, Perfume of Traitors (2021) at VITRINE, London, and 'As a Part of Survival...' (2021), 1 of 10 aluminium tablets exhibited in the artist’s first institutional solo show in the UK My Immortal at MOSTYN, Llandudno, UK.
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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; VITRINE, London, UK; 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; 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 currently has a solo show 'I wear my wounds on my tongue' at KevinSpace, Vienna, AT (until 16 October 2021). Further exhibitions include 'Bonaventure (tampering with worlds)' at Foundation Ricard, Paris, FR (until 30 October 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 exhibition sinclude 'Ordained, Horny & Horned', VEDA, Firenze, IT (October 2021); 'Protozone4 Hi-Intensity', Shedhalle, Zurich, CH as part of Zürich Art Weekend (17 September 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.
VITRINE presents a solo presentation of Lakhrissi at Around Video Art Fair 2021 at Moxy Lille City Hotel, Lille, FR from 1 – 3 October 2021.