Lot 102
  • 102

Latifa Echakhch

20,000 - 30,000 GBP
93,750 GBP
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  • Latifa Echakhch
  • Tambour 39'
  • signed, titled and dated 2012 on the stretcher
  • black Indian ink on canvas


Dvir Gallery, Tel Aviv
Acquired directly from the above by the present owner

Catalogue Note

“When you stare into the abyss, the abyss stares back into you”
Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil, 1886, Aphorism 146

Latifa Echakhch left Morocco for France at the age of three and now resides in Switzerland. Her grounding in different cultural centres has provoked an element of cultural nostalgia which now runs throughout her works, highlighting areas of absence and the Other. Addressing this issue, Echakhch creates a disconnect between cultural relics and their functional meaning thus altering their intentional connotations. As a metaphor for removing the veil of national and religious identity, these simple manipulations allow viewers to see objects in a new light, almost as if they were experiencing them for the first time.

In Tambour 39’ Echakhch drips jet-black ink onto a tondo,- a round painting traditionally mounted in the middle of a ceiling to represent heaven in Greek and Renaissance art – to create a deep and powerful abyss in the centre of the canvas. The ink motif is formed through a slow and laborious artistic process, being gradually dripped onto the canvas and so drawing allusions to great abstract expressionist painters such as Jackson Pollock. The use of ink here transcends its typical role as a medium for writing, instead its gradual application becomes a metaphor for the death of free speech; a black hole from which nothing can escape.