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Artist Adel Abdessemed creates conceptual artworks that elicit a range of different emotions. Whether it is a block of mashed deer, twisted plane or fanned machetes, the themes tend to address rather disturbing thoughts and ideas. In this way, the emotions elicited are often more negative than positive. But by being so, the artworks are more cathartic.
Born in Constantine, Algeria and based in Paris, France, artist Adel Abdessemed’s work has been celebrated on many occasions, including his sculpture depicting Zinedine Zidane’s infamous headbutt during the 2006 FIFA World Cup. That was just a taste of what he is capable of when it comes to his art. Direct and poetic, artist Adel Abdessemed’s work may at times be controversial, but it is this element that provokes people’s thoughts and feelings.