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Rachid Koraїchi

(Algeria / France)

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Le Chemin de Roses. View of the installation at Palazzo Levi, San Marco


Photo below: Rachid Koraїchi throws rose petals in the bowls.

Rachid Koraїchi throws rose petals in the bowls. © Foto: Haupt and Binder

© Foto: Haupt & Binder, Universes in Universe
© Foto: Haupt & Binder, Universes in Universe
© Foto: Haupt & Binder, Universes in Universe

Le Chemin de Roses. 2001
Mixed media installation
Embroidered silk banners, steel sculptures, ceramic basins

Paris-based Algerian artist Rachid Koraїchi's nonpareil mastery of calligraphy can be seen in Le Chemin de Roses, in which he evokes the idea of safar or travel and transcendence in Islamic Sufi thought by recalling the trip of the traveller and scholar Jalal al-Din al-Rumi across the Mediterranean to Qonya, Turkey, where legend has it that he met Ibn Arabi, the great Sufi mystic and poet. Koraїchi’s installation iconizes al-Rumi’s journey across continents through Turkish ceramic ablution basins, Moroccan gold-embroidered linen, and metal, highlighting the rich encounter between two Sufi masters and three continents, as well as al-Rumi’s idea of the inseparability of aesthetics and metaphysics, where art unites with the Divine.


See also:
Rachid Koraïchi: The Path of Roses
Essay by Maryline Lostia, Casablanca. Nafas Art Magazine, Mar 2003

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