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Latifa Echakhch

(1974, Morocco) lives and works in Vevey and Martigny, Switzerland. Galleries representing her include kamel mennour (Paris and London), kaufmann repetto (Milan and New York), Dvir Gallery (Tel Aviv/Brussels) and Pace (New York). She took part in the main exhibition of the Venice Biennale Arte in 2011 and was awarded the prix Marcel-Duchamp in 2013 and the Zurich Art Prize in 2015. She represents Switzerland at the 59th Venice Biennale Arte, 2022.
Through her interdisciplinary installations, Latifa Echakhch is recognized for the fine balance between forcefulness and fragility of her visual language, inserting surrealist and conceptual elements, and her use of symbols that–in her own words–are both “political and poetic”.

For the 59th International Art Exhibition  – La Biennale di Venezia (23 April – 21 November 2021), Echakhch conceived and realized the exhibition titled The Concert in collaboration with percussionist and composer Alexandre Babel and curator Francesco Stocchi.

The exhibition plays with harmonies and dissonances, with the mixed feelings of expectation, fulfilment and disappearance. The sculptures are part of an orchestrated and enveloping experience, a rhythmic and spatial proposal that allows viewers to experience a fuller perception of time and of their own body.

“We want visitors to leave the exhibition with the same feeling they have when they come out of a concert. That this rhythm, those fragments of memory, still echo,” says Latifa Echakhch.