Using a sparse and direct language, Adel Abdessemed portrays a contemporary society based on prevarication and aggression.
Provocative and politically incorrect, the Algerian artist has, for example, undressed a young Moslem woman and poured milk on her dark-skinned face. In 2006 he brought a group of wild animals to Paris (a boar, a snake and a lion) and photographed them while they walked along the pavement in a street of the French capital, rue Lemercier. Two years later, in 2008, in the video installation Don’t Trust me he portrayed six animals in an abattoir, while being killed by a hammer blow on the head. “Le Ali di Dio” (The Wings of God), organised by the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin and curated by Francesco Bonami (from 12 February to 18 March), is the first Italian one-man show dedicated to this controversial artist, much loved by contemporary galleries (such as American David Zwirner and French François Pinault). He left his country when he was 23, after the assassination of the director of the School of Fine Arts where he was studying and, after a period in France, is now based in New York. Videos, photographs, drawings, paintings, performance and installations, powerful works (from a visual and emotional point of view) that condemn the excesses of a globalised system and plainly talk of sexuality, racism, religion and politics. ES