- Also known as
primary name: Koraïchi, Rachid
other name: Koraïchi, Rashid
- individual; painter/draughtsman; printmaker; fibre/textile worker; scribe/calligrapher; Algerian; Male
- Life dates
- Artist, born Aïn Beïda, Algeria, 1947. Studied art at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts in Algiers and Paris, 1967-71 and 1975-7 respectively; at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, 1971-5; and the Institut d'Urbanisme at the Académie de Paris, 1973-5. Work includes drawings, weavings, prints, paintings on silk and installations, often including Arabic script as well as magical signs and symbols. Collaborations with poets and authors, among them Mahmoud Darwish, Mohamed Dib, Jamel Eddine Bencheikh, René Char and Michel Butor. One of six international artists chosen for the UNESCO project 'Six flags of Tolerance' (1995), with Friedensreich Hundertwasser (Austria), Souleymane Keita (Senegal), Roberto Matta (Chile), Robert Rauschenberg (United States), and Dan You (Vietnam). Extensive exhibitions, including celebrated installation ‘The Path of Roses’ at the forty-ninth Venice Biennial (2001), the October Gallery, London (2005, 2010), and had a large scale installation at the sixth Marrakech Biennale (2016). Honorary member Of the Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre, founded Ramallah, 1996. Victoria and Albert Museum Jameel Prize winner 2011 and Prix Institut de France winner, Fondation Prince Louis de Polignac, 2013. Based in Paris. Works are in major private a public collections: The National Museum for African Art, Washington; Museum of Islamic Arts, Doha; British Museum.
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