Adel Has ResignedAdel Abdessemed
Adel Has Resigned is a two-part work comprising a large panel on which is printed the title originally written in pen by the artist, and a video loop on a monitor set on the floor. The face of the artist’s wife, Julie, is filmed from a low angle against a blue sky, suggesting that she is holding the camera herself. She utters the phrase that serves as the title and then laughs.
Behind this work was an incident of racial discrimination toward the artist and his wife. During an exhibition in Belgium, the sponsor who housed the artists exhibited racist behavior merely upon reading the artist’s Arabic-sounding name. Due to this incident, Abdessemed “resigned” from the show.
Like other artists who have withdrawn from the art scene, Abdessemed uses this work to interrogate the borderline between the artist’s institutional role—from which one can in fact “resign”—and a subjectivity that doesn’t coincide with that role and just might challenge it. AM
C-print : 180 x 260 cm
Dimensions variables (aspect ratio 4:3)
• Watou 2001