Abdelkader Banchamma

Abdelkader Banchamma

Abdelkader Benchamma (1975, Montpellier) lives and works in Montpellier and Paris, France. He imposes constraints upon his process to create delicately executed and dynamic drawings of states of matter. Events explode off the page and are animated by fusing graphic techniques from printing, engraving, landscape and scientific drawing. In his scenes he reveals the purity and intensity of lines to express powerful and ambiguous atmospheres which probe notions of a stable reality. Benchamma uses these varied techniques and media to explore the constructed aspect of reality, inspired by cosmology, science fiction literature, existentialist theatre and literature.

He studied Fine art at l’Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Montpellier and l’Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris. Benchamma created an in-situ wall drawing for ‘Turbulences II’ at the Boghossian Foundation, Brussels, and is participating in another group show simultaneously at the Louis Vuitton Foundation. Prior to his new wall drawing, he created ones recently for the ‘Future of a Promise,’ a Pan Arab exhibition in Venice at the time of the 54th Biennale, and the ‘Told Untold Retold’ exhibition at the Mathaf Museum, Doha, Qatar.

He has works in public collections, namely the FRAC Languedoc-Roussillon, the Musee de Beaux Arts-Orleans and Artotheque de Pessac in France. He is included in Phaidon’s latest edition of the publication ‘Vitamin D: New Perspectives on Drawing’, the global survey of contemporary drawing presents the work of 115 artists selected by internationally renowned critics and curators. In Spring 2015 he will show a commissioned piece for The Drawing Center, New York.

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