Latifa Echakhch

Facts

Birth place
1974 in El Khnansa, Morocco
Lives in
Martigny
Works with
Painting and installation

In her work Latifa Echakhch questions the notion of identity and belonging, of supposedly fixed meanings and false essentialisms. Against the limitations of rigid concepts, she pushes for a fundamentally open process.

Echakhch's sculptures and site-specific interventions, her wall works as well as her videos elaborately play alongside the border of the abstract and the concrete. She uses everyday objects such as Moroccan tea cups that seem to embody a certain cultural tradition, plants such as tumbleweed that may be read as symbols of rootlessness or materials such as old and useless carbon paper. Echakhch then transforms these objects and, in the process, strips them from their "original" meaning –  thus freeing those things up to be re-coded again, this time differently.