Tarek Lakhrissi, Coeur Brillant (2023), HD video, with Dourane Fall, Alain Vergara, Maïa Hawad, Marie-Julie Chalu and Adrien Martins, produced by Maison Populaire, Malfamé Productions & Beursschouwburg (FR / BE). Photo : Le Massi
Coinciding with the opening of Tarek Lakhrissi’s exhibition Unfinished Sentence II at Flatland Projects, De La Warr Pavilion will host a screening programme of the artist’s films, addressing themes of layered identities, refuge and queer futurity.
Coeur Brillant, 2023, 14 minutes
In its seductive form, Coeur Brillant follows a character’s journey towards self-affirmation and his own power (through the allegorical figure of the vampire) but also the awakening of a political and social conscience. Mixing contemporaneity and immemorial times, references to queer icons from both pop culture (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and contemporary art (Felix Gonzalez-Torres and his famous performance ‘Untitled’ (Go-Go Dancing Platform) from 1991), Lakhrissi weaves a hybrid and polished initiatory tale that is both political and deeply personal.
Out of the Blue, 2019, 13 minutes
Lakhrissi’s futuristic narrative Out of the Blue takes place at a radical moment in time, when a politically conservative era is suddenly coming to an end. Lakhrissi avoids traditional apocalyptic narratives to meditate instead on the nature of transition itself. In the final scene, the film’s central character delivers a thoughtful speech exploring ideas of freedom and liberty, self-determination and queer futurity.
4-7pm: Opening of ‘Unfinished Sentence II’ at Flatland Projects, Beeching Road
Read more about Flatland Projects here.
7pm: Studio doors open
8.30pm: Refreshments served.
This event will be from 7.30pm- 9pm.
The screenings will be held in the Studio.
Tarek Lakhrissi is a Paris-based artist and poet with a background in literature. Through text, film, installation, and performance imbued with speculative potential, he explores sociopolitical narratives that relate to diasporic and queer embodied experience in Europe. Lakhrissi often sets his work in surrealist environments and gives them magical attributes, with an approach that seeks to transform situations. Lakhrissi has been exhibited internationally at galleries and institutions including Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Museum of Contemporary Art; 22nd Biennale of Sydney (Sydney), Julia Stoschek Foundation (Berlin, Germany), Wiels (Brussels), Frieze (UK), Centre Pompidou (Paris), Hayward Gallery (London), La Verrière, Fondation Hermès (BE), Haus der Kunst (Munich), Auto Italia South East (London), Grand Palais, FIAC (Paris), Institut du Monde Arabe (Paris), Somerset House Studios (London), Fondation Lafayette Anticipations (Paris), Palazzo Re Rebaudengo/Sandretto (Guarene/Torino), Clima Gallery (Milan), Manchester International Festival (Manchester), Mostyn, (Llandudno), Tinguely Museum (Basel), HKW (Berlin), ICA (Londres), Shedhalle (Zurich); Fondation Ricard (Paris), Quadriennale di Roma; Palazzo delle Esposizioni (Roma), High Art (Paris), Kevin Space (Vienna), Fondation Gulbenkian (Paris), Veda gallery (Firenze), CRAC Alsace (Altkirch), La Galerie CAC (Noisy-le-sec) Kim? (Riga), SMC/CAC; (Vilnius)… Lakhrissi’s artworks are part of different private and public collections like Defares, Sandretto Foundation or CNAP. He is represented by Galerie Allen (Paris).