02. Artists

Hicham Berrada

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b. 1986 in Casablanca (Marocco); lives and works in Paris (France)

Hicham Berrada’s work is the product of a dual artistic/scientific line of enquiry. Working like a painter, he sets up scientific protocols whose imitation of natural processes and atmospheric conditions generates chimerical worlds full of fascinating colours and shapes.

A resident at the French Academy in Rome/Villa Médicis in 2014, Berrada has recently shown at the Palais de Tokyo and the Carrousel du Louvre (Paris), the Abderrahman Slaoui Foundation (Casablanca) and PS1 (New York).

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Works


La vie moderne

Mesk-ellil,

In the blue-tinged twilight of a flower garden he created in the gallery, Hicham Berrada has planted night-blooming jasmine – mesk-ellil (“musk of the night”) in Arabic; in Latin, cestrum nocturnum –, a shrub with flowers that open at night, releasing a powerful, sweet perfume. This installation inverts the plant’s day/night cycle so that visitors can experience the olfactory delights of a garden at night during the Biennale’s opening hours. During the night (the real night), when the Biennale is closed, a horticultural lighting system keeps the plants in bloom and provides them with the necessary “daylight”.

Courtesy kamel mennour, Paris

Venues : La Sucrière

Getting there



Gallery
Hicham Berrada 3 photos
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© Blaise Adilon

Hicham Berrada
Mesk-ellil -
La vie moderne | La Sucrière
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© Blaise Adilon

Hicham Berrada
Mesk-ellil -
La vie moderne | La Sucrière
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© Blaise Adilon

Hicham Berrada
Mesk-ellil -
La vie moderne | La Sucrière