Adel Abdessemed was born in 1971 in Constantine, Algeria. Facing the atrocities of the Algerian civil war in the 1990s, he decided to move to France to finish his studies at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. Disturbing, harshly critical and metaphorical, his works make constant reference to social volience and politics. Using numerous expressive means, encompassing performance, installation, video, sculpture, drawing and photography, Abdessemed reveals how society is pervaded with abuses of power generated by the irremediable geopolitical differences of the contemporary world. Many of his works refer directly to the terror and atrocities of war, and form an anthology of images of universally recognised violence.
Exhibitions dedicated to his work include those at the Contemporary Art Centre in Málaga (2015), David Zwirner, London (2013) and Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2012). His works were shown at Punta della Dogana in the exhibition “Prima Materia” (2013-15), “Mapping the Studio” (2009-11), “In Praise of Doubt” (2011-13) and at Palazzo Grassi in the exhibition “Voice of images” (2012-13).