A globe spinning so fast the continents can no longer be made out, flags wrapped around themselves, showing only their red colour, a video reversing the course of time – starting from the formulation of a hypothesis, the works of Fayçal Baghriche undermine our most familiar points of reference by staging fundamental actions. Playing on discrepancy, the artist invites us to distance a normalised reality. Mixing performance, installation, video and photography, he reveals, the better to annihilate them, the systems of identification, behavioural models or language structures that determine what we are and become a pretext for the poetic construction of another reality.
Born in Skidda, Algeria, in 1972, Fayçal Baghriche studied at Villa Arson in Nice then moved to Paris, where he helped to create an artist’s residence (La Villa du Lavoir, since 2003) and a curatorial structure (Le Comissariat, since 2006).
His artistic work has been shown in numerous exhibitions in France and abroad, with, among the most recent, As the Land Expands at Al Riwaq Art Space (Barhein, 2010), Retour vers le futur at CAPC (Bordeaux, 2010), La force de l’art 02 at the Grand Palais (Paris, 2009), Architecture of Survival at Outpost for Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, 2008). Most recently, Le Quartier in Quimper put on an important solo show of his work entitled Quelque chose plutôt que rien.