Working in painting, sculpture and installations, the Moroccan-born artist Latifa Echakhch (El Khnansa, 1974) chooses easily recognisable objects invested with a domestic and/or social burden, which she silences through destruction, deletion or by restoring them. This thereby deprives them of their usage value – pushing their function into oblivion – in order to free the memories attached to them. She summons memories and frees the ghosts that emerge from these objects. The work of Latifa Echakhch is simultaneously conceptual and romantic, both political and poetic.
Latifa Echakhch’s work has been presented in numerous solo exhibitions: at the Museum Haus Konstruktiv in Zurich, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the macLYON, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, the BPS22 in Charleroi, the Columbus Museum of Art (Ohio), the Kunsthaus Zurich, the MACBA in Barcelona, the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, the Frac Champagne-Ardenne in Reims, the Bielefelder Kunstverein, the Kunsthalle Fridericianum in Kassel, the Swiss Institute in New York, the Tate Modern in London, Le Magasin in Grenoble, the Memmo Foundation in Rome; as well as group exhibitions: at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, the MoMA PS1 in New York, the Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona, the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston, the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; and as part of the Istanbul Biennial, the 54th Venice Biennale, the 11th Sharjah Biennial, the Jerusalem Art Focus Biennale and the Manifesta 7 in Bolzano.
Latifa Echakhch won the Marcel Duchamp Prize in 2013 and the Zurich Art Prize in 2015. She is representing Switzerland at Venice Biennale 2021.
‘The Sun and the Set’, BPS 22, Charleroi, BE – until August 16, 2020
Swiss pavilion, Venice Biennale – 2022
Adel Abdessemed, Miroslaw Balka, Mircea Cantor, Latifa Echakhch, Douglas Gordon, Shilpa Gupta, Jonathan Monk, Ariel Schlesinger, Miri Segal and Lawrence Weiner
Opening date: October 18, 2012
Closing date: October 21, 2012