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
Mecca features a deserted cinema set, installed near Ouarzazate, Morocco, which was used in the shooting of the movie "Journey to Mecca, In the Footsteps of Ibn Battuta", directed by Bruce Neibaur in 2009. The work acknowledges the mystery of what Islamic culture holds to be the most important holy site of pilgrimage. Seeing this familiar structure presented out of context raises questions with regard to the power of religious symbolism.