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 an age of globalization it's often difficult to make out the lines that separate us. Fayçal Baghriche's Souvenir, a handcrafted illuminated terrestrial globe, stands at a visceral cross roads. Fitted with a motor, the globe spins so fast that it is impossible to distinguish the contours of continents. On its face it's an optimistic, even poetic gesture where a viewer is confronted with a world without stark demarcations, notions of identity, social ruptures or political scripts to follow—just the warm glow of the mappemonde lumineuse. However, there is an undercurrent in the work, a foreboding feeling of a world spinning out of control; of an axis that just might give way to a whole new trajectory.