Adel Abdessemed

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Adel Abdessemed
Adel Abdessemed in 2009.jpg
Abdessemed in New York in 2009
Born 1971
Constantine, Algeria
Nationality French
Known for Contemporary art
Notable work

Adel Abdessemed (born 1971) is an Algerian contemporary artist. He has worked in a variety of media, including animation, installation, performance, sculpture and video. Some of his work relates to the topic of violence in the world.[1]


Abdessemed was born in Constantine, in eastern Algeria, to a Chaoui Berber family. He grew up in the area of the Aurès Mountains, and attended the École régionale des beaux-arts (fr) in Batna.[1] He then studied at the École supérieure des beaux-arts (fr) in Algiers.[1] He left in 1994, the year of the assassination of the director, Ahmed Asselah, and his son inside the school.[1][2]

Between 1994 and 1999, Abdessemed attended the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts in Lyon, in eastern central France. He then lived and worked in the Cité internationale des arts (fr) in Paris. In 2000–2001 he was a resident artist at P.S.1 in New York. After spending some time in Berlin, he returned in 2004 to Paris.[1] He is a French citizen.[3]


Abdessemed showed work at The Common Guild in Glasgow in Scotland in 2008,[3] and at the MIT List Visual Arts Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the United States in 2008–2009.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Adel Abdessemed: Situation and Practice: October 11, 2008 - January 4, 2009. MIT List Visual Arts Center. Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Accessed April 2017
  2. ^ [s.n.] (5 March 1994). Algerian Teacher and Son Killed At School. The New York Times. Accessed April 2017.
  3. ^ a b Exhibition: Abdel Abdessemed, 'Trust Me', 11 April – 7 June 2008. Glasgow: The Common Good.

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