Region/Concept: North Africa, Myth
Sub-Concepts: Fear (dread, paranoia), Slaughter, The Grotesque
Description: Installation artist Adel Abdessemed equates artistic creation with butchery and wolves.

Theory: Recurring mythologies of the wolf (i.e. its stronghold within the immemorial, the primordial, the ancient, the medieval, the modern and the postmodern), combining animality, beastliness, and ghostliness. Figure of stalking and predation; the nightmare, the fangs, the woods beyond the social (where blood-thirst is the only law). Carnivalesque celebration of the flesh (torn, devoured, crucified); victory of the creature over the creation (a single bite accomplishes the reversal of humanist privilege), amidst the elegant interplay of lacerations and wrenching limbs.

Link: http://www.artnet.com/magazineus/features/nathan/adel-abdessemed-2-24-12.asp

Posted by: Jason Bahbak Mohaghegh

Adel Abdessemed Exhibition Premier - Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring / Summer 2013



Region/Concept: Middle East, Movement
Sub-Concepts: Rhythm, Harshness, Inexorability
Description: Afghani blacksmith writes poetry within the forge (amidst fire, iron, smoke).

Theory: Fusion of poetics and steel. Inexorable rhythm of the master’s arm (striking, hammering). The blacksmith’s arena is based upon axioms of harshness, dominant motion, uncompromising devotion, and hardened corporeality. There is no ideology within the forge, only the craftsman’s rage and precision. Unanticipated, cyclonic den of pure movement and production. Quest for microcosmic perfection (the artisan as quasi-god)…jagged, meticulous, entrenched amidst extreme temperatures, ever-between states of solidity (the blade), liquidity (the melted metal), and aeriality (the dense smoke). The word must also resemble this process, each anti-lyrical stanza an emulation of the mercilessness of iron.

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/19/world/asia/an-afghan-poet-shapes-metal-and-hard-words.html?smid=fb-nytimes&WT.z_sma=WO_AAP_20130819&_r=1&gwh=FB4B4703FBB924AF4194749AFA4CB51C&

Posted by: Jason Bahbak Mohaghegh