Soldaten - Adel Abdessemed
Soldaten - Adel Abdessemed
Soldaten - Adel Abdessemed
Soldaten - Adel Abdessemed
Soldaten - Adel Abdessemed
Soldaten - Adel Abdessemed
Soldaten - Adel Abdessemed
Soldaten - Adel Abdessemed
Soldaten - Adel Abdessemed
Soldaten - Adel Abdessemed
Soldaten - Adel Abdessemed
Soldaten - Adel Abdessemed

Soldaten

Adel Abdessemed

Soldaten is the title of a series of large drawings in which figures of soldiers are drawn in black chalk, nearly life-size. They display visible traces of the artist’s hands, for after having drawn the figures he rubbed or struck the surface of the paper. Such bodies, seen daily either in public places, in media reports, or in the stereotypical narrative of action movies, are here exposed to the action of a drawing composed of multifarious, fragment- ed lines, thick and layered. The figures thereby acquire a rich temporal density and the status of shadowy, almost hallucinatory images, while the marks of the artist’s hands introduce still other subjects and other time- frames into the works. The title’s use of the German word for “soldiers”— Soldaten—may allude to some historic event indirectly, although nothing in the series itself literally refers to a specific military context; instead, Abdessemed’s concerns focus more on the bodies of human beings in- volved in all military operations. AM

2012 / Craie noire sur papier
189 x 130 cm

• MAC's Grand Hornu, 2018
• Musée des Beaux-Arts, Montréal 2017