Rachid Ben Ali
Biography and work
In 2001 and 2003 he had shows in the Tanya Rumpff Gallery in Haarlem, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the Wereldmuseum in Rotterdam. Queen Beatrix chose one of his paintings to introduce an exposition in the Stedelijk Museum.
His work has triggered anger and threats from Islamic militants in the Netherlands. He went into hiding after death threats related to an exhibit showing "hate-imams" spitting bombs. Since then, he has required bodyguards, the cost of which are paid for by the Cobra Museum.
According to the museum's curator John Frieze, Ben Ali's gory, violent and homo-erotic canvases form a "visual narrative that illustrate personal concerns about the war, cultural and migratory displacement, homosexuality, religious intolerance and discrimination".
- Rachid's own site
- Travel Tip: Art and Archaeology in Netherlands, Rachid Ben Ali
- Rachid Ben Ali in het Cobra Museum, (Dutch)
- Extensive information on R. Ben Ali, (Dutch)
- Information and paintings, (Dutch)
- Article, 20 February 2005, El País (Spanish)