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
Akoah is an eerily familiar form taken from a mold of a rescue dummy—those anatomically correct figures used in training exercises for military or emergency service personnel. The sculpture raises questions of how a found object functions in a novice context once stripped of its essence and fundamental function. In Akoah the cast itself is made of wax, a material usually discarded in the process of bronze casting. Recontextualized, the vacuous expression of the figure opens up a space of new evaluation, which puts into question whether the work is in fact completed.