The work of Koraïchi, a Sufi by familial practice, is explicitly devoted to the expression of the mystical elements of the Islamic tradition. The central theme of the exhibition Ecstatic Flow, on view at October Gallery, London from 11 June - 10 July 2010, relates to the lives and teachings of fourteen Sufi masters dating from the 7th to the 17th Centuries, presenting fourteen sets of seven lithographs, one for each of the subjects treated. The subjects include such well-known figures as the mystic Ibn El Arabi and the poet and traveller Jalaluddin Rumi, as well as lesser-known (in the west) masters like Ahmad al Tijani.
Koraïchi’s artistic explorations extend across an impressive range of different media, with his installations including ceramics, textiles, various metals and painted work on silk and paper.
Rachid Koraïchi was included in the international touring exhibition, The Short Century, in the 47th and 49th Venice Biennales and in Word into Art at the British Museum, in 2006. Part of his installation The Path of Roses, comprising embroidered silk, textiles, steel sculptures, roses and ceramics, was acquired by the British Museum, London.
Photos of The Path of Roses, as well as an in-depth essay by Maryline Lostia have been specially featured in Nafas Art Magazine:
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The Path of Roses. The work by the Algerian artist in the context of his relationship to Sufism. Essay by Maryline Lostia, and photos of the installation presented in Venice and New York.
11 June - 10 July 2010
24 Old Gloucester Street
10 June, 6 pm