Zoulikha Bouabdellah

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Born in Moscow, raised in Algiers, and based in Paris, Zoulikha Bouabdellah is a French artist of Algerian descent whose work questions the preconceived notions about Arabic and Islamic cultures. Bouabdellah’s videos and sculptural works feature symbolic objects that carry anecdotal messages, questioning traditional cultural systems (veils, wedding gowns, family photography, and historic sites of the crusades in the Middle East, for example). In the video Vois-le, the artist uses a veil to reveal and conceal a woman’s face. Her reflection is projected onto a television screen that shows images suggestive of surveillance video, both engaging and subverting the notion of the gaze.

Vois-le, 2004
Video 5 min
Courtesy La B.A.N.K, Paris