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Rachid Koraïchi: Tears that Taste of the Sea



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Thursday, 21 January 2021
Wednesday, 20 January 2021 - 5:30pm

Tears that Taste of the Sea, an exhibition of new works by Rachid Koraïchi, will open at October Gallery in November, 2020. The exhibition comprises one series of seven ceramic vases, three sets of seven black and white paintings, three large steel sculptures and one large etching.

Rachid Koraïchi’s creative explorations have extended across an impressive array of media, which include ceramics, textiles, bronze, corten steel, wood and paintings on silk, paper or canvas. Over a long career, Koraïchi has been influenced by a fascination with signs, symbols, glyphs and scripts drawn from a variety of languages and cultures that he integrates to create his signature mixed media installations. These large-scale projects employ an array of diverse elements that are commonly executed in widely divergent places, sometimes in collaboration with practitioners of ancient, traditional crafts or, again, employing the most sophisticated of technological advances.

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Rachid Koraïchi (Born in 1947, Aïn Beïda, Algeria) studied at the École supérieure des Beaux-Arts d'Alger, Algiers, Algeria, before continuing his studies at the École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, the Institut d'urbanisme, Paris, France and the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts.

October Gallery first showed Koraïchi’s work in 2003 and has presented three solo exhibitions amongst numerous external projects. In 2011, the Gallery collaborated with ADMAF to present Koraïchi’s masterpiece Path of Roses, dedicated to Rumi, in Abu Dhabi. In 2015, he completed work on his largest, installation to date, La Prière des Absents, honouring both his parents.

In 2011, seven of the 99 banners of The Invisible Masters (2010) won the prestigious Jameel Prize at the V&A, London, UK. This major installation was first shown in its entirety at Haus der Kunst, Munich, 2010.

In 2019, Casa Árabe, Madrid hosted the exhibition This Long Journey into your Gaze (with Factum Arte). The same year, Rachid bought agricultural land in Zarzis, Tunisia, with his daughters, Aïcha and Fatma, to create a memorial resting place Jardin d’Afrique, a cemetery for migrants of all nationalities and religions who died crossing the Mediterranean Sea.

Koraïchi’s work is in major public collections, including the British Museum, London; the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, New York; the Newark Museum, Newark; the National Gallery, Amman; the Miami Art Museum, Miami; the Guggenheim, Abu Dhabi and the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi.

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October Gallery

 24 Old Gloucester Street

 London WC1N 3AL

October Gallery , London

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