The catalogue of the exhibition “The Long Journey into Your Gaze” by Rachid Koraïchi has been published
The book, co-published by Casa Árabe, is a bilingual Spanish/English
edition and includes over eighty images that illustrate both the pieces
displayed at Casa Árabe and the processes through which these pieces
were produced in the artist’s studio.
May 31, 2019
The Arabic semiotics and graphic gestures in Koraïchi’s work evoke figurative imagery and messages intended for a universal audience. His work has been influenced by an enduring attraction towards all types of symbols, both real and imaginary. Starting out on the basis of the complex beauty of Arabic calligraphy, his work is made up of symbols, hieroglyphics and figures taken from other languages and cultures, as well. The works displayed in the exhibition, which include ceramics, steel sculptures, bronze pieces, alabaster slabs and installations, were fully produced at the Factum Arte studios in Madrid and at ceramics studios in Barcelona, two cities where the artist has worked intensively in recent years. The outcome is a reflection of the fascinating universe of signs and graphic symbols which characterize Koraïchi’s work, garnering him major international acknowledgment.
The book is a bilingual Spanish/English edition and includes over eighty images which illustrate both the series of works on display at Casa Árabe and the processes through which these pieces were created in the studio. The book includes texts by Ana Martínez de Aguilar (former director of the MNCA Reina Sofía and Museo Esteban Vicente), Adam Lowe (director of Factum Arte) and an interview by Nuria Medina, in which the artist discusses his origins and cultural influences, as well as the work he has undertaken with craftsmen in various trades.
After spending several months at the Madrid headquarters, the exhibition can now be seen at the Casa Árabe headquarters in Cordoba from June 5 through July 19, 2019.
Rachid Koraïchi was born in Ain Beïda, Algeria in 1947 and grew up during the French colonial period, which ended with the War of Independence in 1962. He studied at the National School of Fine Arts in Algiers in 1970 and later, after reaching Paris, at the National School of Decorative Arts and the National School of Fine Arts there. He also graduated from the Institute of Urbanism in Paris. He currently lives and works between France and Tunisia. An artist of great international prestige, in addition to having produced his extensive, varied visual works in a wide variety of media, he has authored numerous books in a rich aesthetic dialogue with writers and poets from different eras, including Mahmoud Darwish, Khalil Gibran, René Char, Michel Butor and Sylvie Germain.
Koraïchi collaborates with artists and craftsmen from all over the world who have extensive experience using traditional and contemporary techniques to create works and installations, thus promoting dialogue amongst both local and global communities. The artist has often created studios and workshops in different countries, and his works have been exhibited in many collections at museums and foundations around the world.
ESTE LARGO VIAJE HASTA TU MIRADA / THIS LONG JOURNEY INTO YOUR GAZE
RACHID KORAÏCHI, several authors
CASA ÁRABE [co-publisher]
English translation: Douglas Prats
Format: 18 x 22 cm.
Binding: Paperback with flaps
Retail price: €18 (including VAT)