Exit - Adel Abdessemed
Exit - Adel Abdessemed
Exit - Adel Abdessemed
Exit - Adel Abdessemed
Exit - Adel Abdessemed
Exit - Adel Abdessemed
Exit - Adel Abdessemed
Exit - Adel Abdessemed
Exit - Adel Abdessemed
Exit - Adel Abdessemed
Exit - Adel Abdessemed
Exit - Adel Abdessemed

Exit

Adel Abdessemed

Exit is the first work by Abdessemed to take language as its object. It effects a simple change of letter in the lighted signs widely used to indi- cate a way out: exit becomes exil (“exile” in French). It plays on the sign’s status of symbol, creating another word/image whose slight difference from the original triggers surprise. The resulting work is placed at the entrance of an exhibition venue, where it marks a line to be crossed. The word “exile” alludes to the artist himself, forced to leave Algeria in 1994, while the association with “exit” signs also evokes the act of crossing bor- ders, a liberating act central to Abdessemed’s art. GC

1996 / Néon bleu
11 x 26 cm

Yellow neon,
23,5 x 34,9 cm

• Ile de Vassivière 2003
• Tokyo 2009
• Musée national d'art moderne-Centre Pompidou, Paris 2012-2013
• Musée de Vence / Fondation Émile Hugues, Vence 2015 - 2016