“absence-presence, twice”

Joseph Kosuth

“absence-presence, twice”

Mohssin Harraki – Joseph Kosuth

From October 24 until December 21, 2013

Opening October 24 at 6 pm, in the presence of the artists

Imane Farès is delighted to present the forthcoming exhibition ‘absence-presence, twice’ with the artists Mohssin Harraki (1981, Asilah, Morroco) and Joseph Kosuth (Toledo, Ohio, USA, 1945). They know each other for several years. Mohssin Harraki already created a video and interviewed Joseph Kosuth for his show ‘Some videodialogues with other artists’ at the Lavomatic studio Seamus Farrell in SaintOuen in 2010. However, it’s the very first time that they will exhibit together. The title of the exhibition ‘absence-presence, twice’ refers to the relation between physical absence and mental space that both artists explore in a challenging dialogue.

Mohssin Harraki graduated from the Institut National des Beaux-Arts of Tetouan, the École Supérieure d’Art of Toulon and the École Supérieure d’Art of Dijon. He participated in exhibitions such as ‘Shuffling Cards’, art-cade, Marseille, ‘Autres Mesures’, La Galerie, Noisy-le-Sec, ‘Sentences on the Bank and other activities’, Darat Al Funun, Amman and ‘MoMRtA’, the Museum of Modern Art, Kuwait. He creates drawings, videos, installations, photography and performances in which he addresses cultural, political and historical themes such as the genealogy and the transmission of power, the formation of the collective conscience and memory. The artist proceeds by creating a dialogue with his peers, with artists or with people he meets in the streets.

Joseph Kosuth is one of the pioneers of conceptual and installation art, initiating language based works and appropriation strategies in the 1960’s. His work has consistently explored the production and the role of language and meaning within art. His nearly fifty year inquiry into the relation of language to art has taken the form of installations, museum exhibitions, public commissions and publications throughout Europe, the Americas and
Asia including most of the Documentas and Venice Biennales in recent decades. Educated at the Cleveland Institute of Art, 1963–64, The School of Visual Arts, New York City, 1965–67 and at the New School for Social Research, New York,  anthropology and philosophy), 1971–72. In 2001 he received the Laura Honoris Causa, doctorate in Philosophy and Letters from the University of Bologna.

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