Telle mère tel fils - Adel Abdessemed
Telle mère tel fils - Adel Abdessemed
Telle mère tel fils - Adel Abdessemed
Telle mère tel fils - Adel Abdessemed
Telle mère tel fils - Adel Abdessemed
Telle mère tel fils - Adel Abdessemed
Telle mère tel fils - Adel Abdessemed
Telle mère tel fils - Adel Abdessemed

Telle mère tel fils

Adel Abdessemed

Telle mère tel fils (“like mother like son”) weaves together the bodies of three airplanes whose original cockpits and tails have been retained, whereas the fuselages have been replaced by air-inflated felt. This knot of planes represents an unprecedented marriage between mechanical objects and the artist’s technique of folding, which he claims is a trans- position of his mother’s art of folding thin sheets of pastry to make a dish called bourek. The title reverses the saying that sons resemble fathers, and the same principle of reversal recurs in the head-to-tail weave of the planes. In an approach to folding that links it to Baroque sculpture, this work manipulates elements that comprise the material reality of an air- plane, yet also evokes fantasies of flight and freedom, rejecting the tra- jectory implied by the aerodynamic shape of the machines themselves. Completely grounded, transformed into large, intertwining snakes, these three airplanes appear strangely alive. GC

2008 / Avions, feutre, et aluminium
400 x 2700 x 500 cm

• David Zwirner, New York 2008
• Centre Pompidou, Paris 2012-2013