ARTIST Mohssin Harraki
Born in 1981 in Asilah, Morrocco
Lives and works in Alleins, France
Mohssin Harraki graduated from the Institut National des Beaux-Arts of Tetouan, the Ecole Supérieure d’Art of Toulon and the Ecole Supérieure d’Art of Dijon.
Mohssin Harraki creates drawings, videos, installations, photography and performances; all are questioning strong social and political issues. The artist is just as well examining the cultural construction as the post-colonial consequences and the collective imaginary. Social and cultural contexts that are unfamiliar to him are also part of his research. He’s interested in the cultural and political history of Morocco since the proclamation of Independence and to the themes such as the genealogy and transmission of power, the birth of nationalistic ideology and the formation of the collective conscience. The artists proceeds in general by creating a dialogue, with his peers, artists or with people he meets in the streets, as with the intervention “Fasting” in 2011 in Toulon. In his installations he explores themes of the book and the written word that he diverts out of their traditional contexts. Overall his art projects aim to explore the mechanisms of cultural construction, the constitution of memory and the collective imaginary.
Barjeel Foundation, Sharjah, UAE
CNAP, Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Paris, France
King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
Collection Fondazione Lettera 27, Milan, Italy
Matière Grise, Galerie Imane Farès, Paris, France
Memory Games: Ahmed Bouanani Now, curated by Omar Berrada, Marrakech Biennial, Morocco
Songs of Loss and Songs of Love, curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, Gwangju, South Korea
Museum of Art, South Korea Here and Elsewhere, curated by Massimiliano Gioni, New Museum, NY, USA
‘absence-presence, twice’ – Mohssin Harraki, Joseph Kosuth, Galerie Imane Farès, Paris,
Shufﬂing Cards, art-cade, Marseille, France – curated by Cécile Bourne-Farrell, Marseille, France
«Some videodialogue» with other artists, Lavomatic studio Seamus Farrell, Saint-Ouen, France, , curated by Cécile Bourne-Farrell