Fayçal Baghriche (born 1972 in Skikda, Algeria) grew up between two cultures: Arab in the private sphere and Western in the public realm. This duality—a type of double consciousness common to those who have migrated between cultures—has provided his works with a perspective defined by the superposition of two distinct cultural filters. The artist draws on fundamental principles of image rhetoric such as subtraction, inversion or… Read more
About the artwork
In Point, Line, Particles, Fayçal Baghriche revisits the principles of formal composition outlined by Wassily Kandinsky in his work Point and Line to Plane, 1926. In his book, Kandinsky defines the line as the result of a combination of a point in movement and the expression of the force of an action. Baghriche illustrates Kandinsky's concept by choosing a train as a surface. At the moment the train departs, the artist begins to spray a point on the wagon's surface. The resulting point becomes a line as the train accelerates. Ultimately, the line disappears as the train reaches a speed at which the paint can no longer stick to its surface—a train reduced to a simple form and its elementary speed.