What does the world reflect ?
The world of Chourouk Hriech immerses us in the heart of phantasmagorical representations that seize us and assume the dimensions of the human scale, and in which the urban and the natural become entwined. These fragmentary representations in black and white layer periods of time as if they were landscapes.
Originating in urban notetaking, in lectures and research, the lines traced by the artists form a vocabulary developed over the course of her travels.
For Chourouk Hriech, drawing is a practice that is at once ceremonial, ritual, and performative. Before starting the drawing, the artist conditions and appropriates the space with which the pencil will make contact. This action then requires a “whole-body engagement”, a total immersion accompanied by song. What does this world reflect ?, Chourouk Hriech asks us. What if the world is not reality itself but its reflection, what if an elsewhere incarnating the real exists but can only be revealed here, but deformed, as is the case with any mirror ? Henry-David Thoreau offers a possible answer in his journal : “Nature is nothing more than man’s expression of her, and her reflection of him.” The world that the artist’s works inhabit is without a doubt oneiric, a space of myriad fables and micro-narratives.
In Clamart, Chourouk Hriech absorbed the surroundings of the art center—deep in a small peaceful garden—and in the environments of recent travels that lead her to discover striking cultures and landscapes, in order to imagine a project that would echo the architecture of the space. Summoning various mediums, photography, sculpture, installation, drawings, and murals, the artists offers and exhibition in which allegories and elements from her own memory are intermingled. She thereby immerses visitors in an atmosphere imbued with Durassian magnetism and brings to life a new facet of her artistic exploration.
Biography of Chourouk Hriech
Chourouk Hriech was born in 1977 in France, and is a graduate of the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Lyon. She lives and works in Marseille. Graduate of the School of Fine Arts of Lyon, Chourouk Hriech exhibited her work at the exposition Return to the World at the MAMCO in Geneva in 2013, at the Kunsthalle de Mulhouse in the individual exhibition …and then leave in 2012, at the Crac de Sète in the exhibition Soul to Soul in 2010. She took part in the 8th Biennale de Shanghai in 2010, as well as in the Printemps de Septembre in Toulouse in 2009. More recently, her work has been presented in the personal exhibitions On the Winds of Dreams at the Musée Cantini in Marseille in 2015, The Butterfly Perched on the Bell of the Sleeping Temple at the Centre d’arts plastiques – Maison du peuple in Vénissieux in 2016, as well as Making Elsewhere at the Anne-Sarah Bénichou gallery in 2017. In 2016, she took part in the 6th Biennale de Marrakech and will participate in the Triennale de Douala in Cameroon this year.