Adel Abdessemed

Foot on

Adel Abdessemed

Foot on

Year: 2005

Duration: 2 sec

In opposition to the idea of a formatted, homogenous and structured world, the work of Algerian artist Adel Abdessemed daringly denounces and dismantles alienation and different forms of oppression inherent to contemporary society’s cultural, economic and political systems. In the video Foot on, the raw and unaffected gesture of a bare foot crushing a Coca-Cola can becomes an act of destruction in its most basic form –a symbol of capitalist power. Direct and immediate, the image avoids all militancy, becoming more of a “performative declaration” in which the force of the gesture gives way to an opening up of meaning.

Adel Abdessemed

Foot on

Year: 2005

Duration: 2 sec



BIOGRAPHY

Born 1971, Algeria 

Works in France 



VIDEO EXHIBITED AT (selection)


In Search of Global Poetry: Videos from the Han Nefkens Collection

28.07.2017 – 29.10.2017

Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Quito

Montevideo y Luis Dávila, Montevideo, Quito, Équateur

http://www.centrodeartecontemporaneo.gob.ec/


In Search of Global Poetry: Videos from the Han Nefkens Collection

16.04.2017 – 09.07.2017 

He Xiangning Art Museum 

9103 Shennan Ave 

HuaQiaoCheng, Nanshan Qu 

518053 Shenzhen Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China 

http://www.hxnart.com/