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Here we have a freehand drawing of a cortex transferred into white neon tubing on a scale determined by the size of the wall it is shown on. As confronting as its title, this work by Adel Abdessemed is accompanied by two films: in "Trust Me" a man at a music stand shows vampire fangs as, seemingly in a fit of madness, he swallows most of the words of various national anthems, from the Marseillaise to God Save the Queen. In "Hot Blood" the same character – this time wearing a red nose – laughs hysterically as, between two paroxysms, we make out the single sentence, "I am a terrorist". These three works share the notion that man, the possessor of enormous freedom, is also a changeable, wishful creature, at once animal and human, reasonable and crazy, who indiscriminately identifies enormous vulnerability with terror, and superficiality with the tragic.

Adel ABDESSEMED
Trust me, 2007
Photos: Blaise Adilon
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Cape: contemporary African art, Cape Town (South Africa)
www.capeafrica.org

Liverpool Biennial (UK)
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Berlin Biennial (Germany)
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Documenta (Germany)
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Munster Skulptur Projekt, Munster (Germany)
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Biennale of Sydney (Australia)
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Mercosul, Porto Alegre (Brazil)
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Sao Paulo Biennale (Brazil)
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Biennale de Montreal (Canada)
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GZ Triennale, Guangzhou (China)
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Shanghai Biennale (China)
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Busan Biennale (Korea)
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Gwangju Biennale (Korea)
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U turn (Denmark)
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Sharjah Biennial (United Arab Emirates)
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BIACS (Spain)
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Biennale du Havre (France)
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Les ateliers de Rennes (France)
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Athens Biennial (Greece)
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Turin Triennale (Italy)
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Venice Biennale (Italy)
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Yokohoma Triennale (Japan)
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Moscow Biennale (Russia)
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Biennale de Dakar (Senegal)
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Singapore Biennale (Singapore)
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Gothenburg Biennale (Sweden)
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Tapei Biennial (Taïwan)
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Istanbul Biennial (Turkey)
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Whitney Biennial (USA)
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Prospect (USA)
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Site Santa Fe (USA)
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Manifesta
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