Latifa Echakhch

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Latifa Echakhch (Arabic: لطيفة الشخش‎; born El Khnansa, Morocco, 1974) is a Moroccan-French visual artist working in Switzerland who creates installations. She participated in the Venice Biennale in 2011 and won the Marcel Duchamp Prize in 2013.

Early life and education[edit]

Latifa Echakhch was born in Morocco in 1974 and immigrated to France at the age of three.[1] She attended the École supérieure d'Art de Grenoble and graduated from the National School of Arts Cergy-Pontoise and the Lyon National School of Fine Arts.[2][3]


Echakhch began her career in 2002.[2] She participated in the Venice Biennale in 2011.[4][5] She was awarded the Marcel Duchamp Prize in 2013.[2][3] Alfred Pacquement [fr], director of the Musée National d'Art Moderne (Pompidou Centre), who was president of the jury, said: "Her work, between surrealism and conceptualism, questions with economy and precision the importance of symbols and reflects the fragility of modernism."[6] In December 2015 she was the first woman guest curator of the annual Masters' exhibition at the Haute École d'art et de design Genève [fr], GET OUT.[2]


A chaque stencil une révolution in Art Basel 2010, Kleinbasel [de]

Private life[edit]

Echakhch lives and works in Martigny in Switzerland. As of December 2015 she lives with Valentin Carron [fr], also an artist; they have one child.[2]


  • Kamel Mennour, Latifa Echakhch, texts by Jean-Christophe Ammann, Latifa Echakhch, Annabelle Gugnon Bernard Marcadé, Zürich / Dijon, Switzerland / France, JRP | Ringier Kunstverlag / Les Presses real, 2012, ISBN 978-2-914171-46-5
  • Thierry Raspail [fr], Latifa Echakhch. Laps, Lyon, France, Musée d'art contemporain de Lyon, 2013, ISBN 978-2-90646-187-1


  1. ^ Lunn, Felicity (1 January 2011). "Latifa Echakhch". Frieze.
  2. ^ a b c d e Chardon, Elisabeth (11 December 2015). "Latifa Echakhch, la résistance par l'art" [Latifa Echakhch: Resistance through art]. Le Temps (in French). Retrieved 31 May 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Le prix Marcel Duchamp 2013 attribué à Latifa Echakhch" [The 2013 Marcel Duchamp prize given to Latifa Echakhch]. The Huffington Post (in French). AFP. 26 October 2013. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
  4. ^ "54th Venice Biennial, 2011". Universes in Universe. Retrieved June 1, 2016.
  5. ^ a b Blouin (10 January 2013). "Latifa Echakhch Tears Down the Circus at the Kunsthaus Zurich". ArtInfo. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
  6. ^ "Le Marcel-Duchamp remis à Latifa Echakhch" [The Marcel Duchamp awarded to Latifa Echakhch]. Libération. 27 October 2013. Retrieved 31 May 2016. Son œuvre, entre surréalisme et conceptualisme, questionne avec économie et précision l’importance des symboles et traduit la fragilité du modernisme.
  7. ^ Lasnier, Jean-François (29 March 2013). "La poésie visuelle de Latifa Echakhch" [The visual poetry of Latifa Echakhch]. Connaissance des Arts (in French). Retrieved 31 May 2016.