Zoulikha Bouabdellah

Zoulikha was born in 1977 (Moscow), lives and works in Paris (France) and Casablanca (Morocco).

Born in 1977 in Moscow, Zoulikha Bouabdellah grew up in Algiers and moved to France in 1993. A grad­uate of the Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Arts de Cergy-Pontoise in 2002, she now lives and works between Casablanca and Paris.

Zoulikha Bouabdellah’s works, in the form of instal­la­tions, draw­ings, videos or pho­tographs, deal with the effects of glob­al­iza­tion and ques­tion their depic­tions with humour and sub­ver­sion.
In 2003, she directed the video Let’s Dance (Dansons) in which she con­fuses the archetypes of French and Algerian cul­tures by per­forming a belly dance to the tune of the Marseillaise.

The same year, her work fea­tured in Experiments in the Arab Avant-garde at the French Cinémathèque (Paris).
In 2005, she par­tic­i­pated in the Africa Remix exhi­bi­tion at the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), and in 2008 in the fes­tival Paradise Now! Essential Avant-Garde French Cinema 1890-2008 at the Tate Modern (London).



Since 2007, Zoulikha Bouabdellah’s works focus on let­ters and words of love, focusing par­tic­u­larly on the status of women. Made with dif­ferent mate­rials - paper, acrylic, alu­minum, neon, wood - her works act as slo­gans and forge links between North and South, joy and sorrow, plea­sure and pain, the vis­ible and unsaid.



The works of Zoulikha Bouabdellah have been exhib­ited at the Mori Art Museum (Tokyo), the Brooklyn Museum (New York), Museum of Modern Art Ludwig Foundation (Vienna), the Museum Kunst Palast (Düsseldorf), the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (New York), the Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art (Doha) and the Moderna Museet (Stockholm).


Bouabdellah has par­tic­i­pated in sev­eral bien­nials and fes­ti­vals including the Venice Biennale, Biennale of African Photography in Bamako, Biennale of Thessaloniki, Turin Triennale and the Aichi Triennale.



Zoulikha Bouabdellah has received numerous dis­tinc­tions, including the Abraaj Capital Art Prize (2009), the Meurice Prize for Contemporary Art (2008) and the Villa Medicis Hors les Murs (2005).


Works in Public Collections:

- Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris)
- Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art (Doha)
- Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig (Vienna)
- Mead Art Museum (Amherst)
- Sindika Dokolo Foundation (Luanda)

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